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REDDING: Elderly Woman Injured In Semi-Truck Accident On Interstate 5 Freeway Near Oasis Road Exit

Aug 21, 2019

Redding Truck Accident: Elderly Woman Injured In Redding Semi-Truck Accident On Interstate 5 Freeway Near Oasis Road Exit

REDDING, CALIFORNIA (August 21, 2019) – An elderly woman was injured in a semi-truck accident on the Interstate 5 freeway not far from the Oasis Road exit. 

California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Police officers are saying that CalTrans was conducting construction in the area and two lanes were forced to merge into one. 

The victim of the car accident stopped her vehicle for the construction workers. A semi-truck approached her car from behind and collided with the rear of her vehicle. 

Redding police are saying that the force of the impact pushed the car into a sign on the side of the freeway. Paramedics rushed to the scene of the accident in order to help the victim. 

She was transported to the hospital in order to receive treatment for her injuries. The semi-truck driver remained at the scene and cooperated with police. 

An investigation into the Redding truck accident remains ongoing at this time. 

Liability In Semi-Truck Accidents

According to one report from the FMCSA nearly 5,000 people are killed every year in accidents with commercial trucks. Tens of thousands more are seriously injured every year. There are dozens of factors causally linked to truck accidents. What follows are the top ten: 

  • Brake problems
  • Traffic flow interruption (congestion, previous crash)
  • Prescription drug use
  • Traveling too fast for conditions
  • Unfamiliarity with roadway
  • Roadway problems
  • Required to stop before crash (traffic control device, crosswalk)
  • Over-the-counter drug use
  • Inadequate surveillance
  • Fatigue

Truck drivers are supposed to scan the road ahead of them and take evasive action in order to avoid causing accidents. According to 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.”

A good truck driver must slow down as the traffic around them slows down. There is simply no excuse for a rear-end collision. But in many accidents a truck driver may not be solely to blame. If an accident happens in a construction zone there could be other entities that are also responsible for the accident. Cal-trans could be held liable for an accident if they took inadequate measures to protect the public. Here are just a few ways in which Caltrans may be legally responsible for a construction zone accident if:

  • They failed to protect drivers from being struck by vehicles. Guardrails or other heavy equipment can be used to shield drivers in construction zones. 
  • They force drivers to make sudden or dangerous maneuvers inside construction zones.
  • They create construction zones that lack adequate warning signs.

Any person that is injured in a semi-truck accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Many victims not even realize the full extent of their injuries until several weeks or months after an accident. A truck accident attorney can investigate your case free of cost and help ensure that your are taken care of. 

Getting Help After A Redding Truck Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to the woman who was injured in this truck accident. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the CHP as they continue their investigation. It is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to prevent additional accidents like this.

If you or someone that you love has been injured due to the negligence of a truck driver you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims get all of the medical and financial support that they deserve. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need assistance after an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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