Blue Sky Towing Tow Truck Accident In Lucerne Valley Left Multiple People Injured
LUCERNE VALLEY, CALIFORNIA (January 7, 2018) – Two people were seriously injured in an accident when a Blue Sky Towing Tow Truck lost its brakes and went down an embankment on Highway 18.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place on Sunday around 2:18 p.m. on Highway 18 not far from a Mitsubishi Cement Plant. The Blue Sky Towing truck was towing a white van at the time of the accident.
For reasons that remain under investigation, the tow truck left the roadway and traveled 60 feet down an embankment. Firefighters arrived at the scene and they came across two people that were trapped inside the mangled tow truck.
One witness said that the tow truck’s brakes were smoking right before it went off the road. Two minors inside of the vehicle were also taken to the hospital in order to receive treatment.
Pictures of the scene of the accident show the tow truck with major front end damage, though the van managed to stay on top of the flatbed tow truck.
Liability In Tow Truck Accidents
Lucerne Valley can be a treacherous place to operate a truck. Any area with steep terrain can put a tremendous amount of stress on the brakes of a truck. This is why most mountainous areas have runaway truck ramps if a truck ends up losing its brakes. Depending on the facts of any case, there could be multiple sources of liability in a tow truck accident.
There may be negligence on the part of a driver if they were not operating their brakes correctly. For example, continuously pressing down lightly on brakes while traveling downhill can cause them to fail. This can cause brakes to overheat and lockup thereby leading to catastrophic failure. A third-party company could be liable for a brake failure accident if they did a poor job maintaining a truck’s brakes.
Victims of truck accident can be left with severe injuries and high medical bills. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the average cost for a truck accident with injuries is around $200,000. This financial burden can be absolutely devastating to most people. A truck accident attorney can investigate the specific facts of your case and let you know what your rights are.
Getting Help After A Truck Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to all of those that were injured in this tow truck accident in Lucerne Valley. It is our sincere hope that there is a thorough investigation into this accident for the sake of all of those that have been affected.
If you or someone that you love has been injured in a tow truck accident you may be entitled to financial compensation. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We can investigate your claim free of charge and let you know what your options are. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need an investigation into your case we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us at (888) 888-9285.