Rio Vista Truck Accident Injured 7 People: 49-Year-Old Woman Injured In Rio Vista Semi-Truck Accident On Highway 12 That Also Involved Pickup Truck
RIO VISTA, CALIFORNIA (July 7, 2019) – Seven people were injured on Monday morning in a semi-truck accident on Highway 12 near Jackson Slough Road and Rio Vista Bridge.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the car accident took place around 9:30 a.m. The accident began when a semi-truck hit the back of a pickup truck that was carrying six people.
The force of the impact pushed the pickup truck out of its lane. The semi-truck then rear-ended a white sedan.
The white sedan was then pushed into another semi-truck. A 49-year-old woman in the white sedan had to be extracted. She was flown via helicopter to a hospital.
All six people in the pickup truck were also injured and needed treatment. Multiple lanes of Highway 12 were closed for several hours as an investigation continued.
Liability In Rio Vista Truck Accidents
According to PNG Logistics, “Semi trucks drive an average of 140 billion miles a year in the U.S. About 70% of all goods in the U.S. are delivered by semi truck.” They are an essential component of the economy and are largely concentrated in three states. “One-third of all semi trucks that are operating in the U.S. are registered in California, Florida, and Texas,” they write. However, there are a number of unique hazards posed by semi-trucks.
A fully loaded semi-truck can weigh 80,000 lbs and is therefore much more difficult to stop. Truck drivers have a legal obligation to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner. 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.” There is simply no excuse for a truck driver to rear-end another vehicle. Rear-end collisions typically occur when:
- Truck drivers tailgate.
- Truck drivers speed.
- Truck drivers drive drunk.
- Truck drivers are fatigued
- Truck drivers are distracted.
Victims of truck accidents are often left with devastating and costly injuries. This could include broken bones, spinal cord injuries, head injuries and internal trauma. Many of the injuries associated with truck accidents cannot be seen by the naked eye. According to the NCBI, “Individuals who experience a serious motor vehicle accident (MVA) are at increased risk for psychological problems, particularly Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).” There are, however, laws designed to protect victims after truck accidents.
Any person that is injured in a truck accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a bodily injury claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Unfortunately, trucking companies will often fight hard to deny liability or downplay the extend of a victims injuries. A truck accident attorney can take steps to make sure that your rights are being protected. An attorney can also investigate your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are.
Getting Help After A Rio Vista Semi-Truck Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to all of those that were injured in this Rio Vista truck accident. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach to the CHP as they continue their investigation. There needs to be some accountability for this horrific accident.
Have you or someone that you love been injured in a truck accident. You may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We can investigate your case free of cost and let you know how much support you may be entitled to. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need help with medical bills we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.