Seven People Injured In Oakland Car Accident After Lexus Driver With Flat Tire Was Rear-Ended By Box Truck On The Interstate 880 Freeway
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA (April 4, 2019) – A total of seven people were injured in a car accident aft the driver of a Lexus sedan was rear-ended by a box truck on the Interstate 880 freeway.
The first accident began around 5:08 a.m. when a Lexus was rear-ended by the box truck.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the second accident took place around 8:20 a.m. Two people sustained major injuries and had to be transported to the hospital.
A Ford sedan apparently rear-ended the box truck following the first collision. One person had to be extricated from their car.
Liability In Box Truck Accidents
Flat tires are extraordinarily common in the United States. It has been estimated that there are around 220 million flat tires every year. This works out to around 7 flat tires every second. Getting a flat tire on the freeway can be extremely dangerous. Drivers have a responsibility to scan ahead and drive according to the prevailing conditions.
According to the California Vehicle Code 22350, “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.”
Rear-end collisions should not take place if a driver is being careful. Drivers are supposed to maintain a safe distance with the vehicle ahead of them if they slow down or stop abruptly. In many situations, a driver that rear-ends another vehicle is presumed to be at fault. A rear-end collision with a truck can be particularly devastating and result in serious injuries. A few of the common causes of rear-end collisions include
- Distracted driving
- Road rage
- Mechanical failure
- Fatigued driving
Fatigue, in particular, is the number one factor associated with commercial truck accidents. Victims are able to recover damages for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Many victims may not even fully realize the full extent of their injuries until many months or years following a collision. For example, post-traumatic stress disorder is fairly common following commercial truck accidents. A truck accident attorney can investigate your claim free of cost and let you know what your legal options are.
Getting Help After A Truck Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to all of the victims of this Oakland car accident. Any person that may have witnessed what happened should reach out to the CHP as they continue to investigate. It is our sincere hope that measures will be put in place to help reduce accidents like this in the future. Forward collision avoidance systems could easily help truck drivers prevent these types of collisions.
If you or someone that you love has been injured in a truck accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply about making sure that accident victims are being supported and that truck companies are held to account for their negligence. Whether you have questions about your rights or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.