Michael Fort Santa Maria: 73-Year-Old Michael Fort From Morro Bay Seriously Injured In Santa Maria Truck Accident On Highway 166 By Black Road
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (April 12, 2019) – A 73-year-old man identified as Michael Fort was seriously injured in a car accident involving a catering truck on Highway 166.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 12:20 p.m. not far from Black Road. According to reports, Michael Fort’s Toyota Corolla was struck by the catering truck that was also on the Westbound lanes of the freeway.
Michael Fort had to be airlifted to the Santa Barbara Hospital and was listed in critical condition. The driver of the truck remained at the scene and cooperated with police.
It does not appear as though the driver of the catering truck was injured in the crash.
Liability In Truck Accidents
According to the Association For Safe International Road Travel, “Nearly 1.25 million people die in road crashes each year, on average 3,287 deaths a day.” Every driver is expected to operate their vehicles according to the prevailing conditions of the road. 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.”
Accidents tend to happen for a variety of reasons including speeding, drug use and fatigue. What many people don’t realize is that traveling the speed limit may not be safe. A good driver should take into consideration the weather, visibility and other factors. When a truck driver hits another vehicle from behind that is fairly strong evidence that they were not paying attention. Even if a lead vehicle stops abruptly, drivers should be at a safe distance to stop in time. When an accident does take place, there are a number of steps that victims should take including:
- Stop at the scene and report the crash to the police. It’s important that an accident report is taken and that evidence is being collected.
- Seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Failing to seek medical treatment following an accident could interfere with your ability to seek compensation for your injuries.
- Exchange insurance information with all other drivers. Be sure to get their driver’s license, phone number, name and address.
- Seek out witnesses that may have seen what happened. Witnesses can help testify in your case later on.
- Contact an experienced truck accident attorney.
Truck companies will try their best to downplay the extent of your injuries or deny liability all together. An attorney can take steps to make sure that your rights are being protected. Victims of truck accidents may be able to recover damages for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. There are statute of limitations associated with being able to pursue a claim, so it’s important to act quickly.
Getting Help After A Truck Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to Michael Fort as he continues to recover. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened. Witnesses that may have seen the accident should come forward as well. It is our sincere hope that measures will be put in place to prevent accidents like this in the future.
If you or someone that you love has been injured in a car 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 all aspects of your case free of cost and let you know what your rights are. Whether you need more information about an accident or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.