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STOCKTON: Two People Killed In Semi-Truck Accident On Interstate 5 Freeway

May 28, 2019

Two People Were Killed In A Big Rig Truck Accident On The Interstate 5 Freeway North of Stockton

STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA (May 27, 2019) – Two people were killed in a San Joaquin County car accident on the Interstate 5 involving a semi-truck.

The truck accident took place early Thursday morning and involved multiple vehicles including two trucks. CHP officials are saying that a 40-year-old truck driver from Arizona hit the rear of a Hyundai.

A Dodge Ram was also involved in the crash. All three vehicles became engulfed in flames. The 50-year-old driver of the Hyundai and the 36-year-old driver of the Dodge Ram were both killed in the accident. 

Stockton authorities do not suspect that either drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash. The collision apparently took place by Eight Mile Road and the Flag City exit. 

Liability In Truck Accidents

According to the IIHS, “Truck braking capability can be a factor in truck crashes. Loaded tractor-trailers take 20-40 percent farther than cars to stop, and the discrepancy is greater on wet and slippery roads or with poorly maintained brakes. Truck driver fatigue also is a known crash risk. Drivers of large trucks are allowed by federal hours-of-service regulations to drive up to 11 hours at a stretch.” There are a number of factors positively associated with truck accidents. 

According to one report from the FMCSA, fatigue was the number one cause of truck accidents. Truck drivers are required to take periodic breaks but this does not always happen. Truck drivers may become tired and run into the back of a vehicle in slow traffic. There is simply no excuse for this. Truck drivers are supposed to maintain a safe distance with the vehicle ahead of them. 

The family members of any victim that died in a truck accident may have legal recourse through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages in a civil claim can help cover funeral expenses, medical bills and emotional trauma. Truck companies will often work hard to deny liability following an accident. A truck accident attorney can investigate your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are. 

Investigating A Truck Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of the two victims that died in this truck accident. This should never have taken place. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the CHP as they continue to investigate. There needs to be some accountability for this tragedy. 

If you or someone that you love has been involved in a truck accident there are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are treated fairly and that negligent drivers are held to account. Whether you need a free investigation into a specific accident or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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