Woman Survives Freak Accident On Sacramento Highway: 49-Year-Old Woman Impaled By Metal Bar In Sacramento Truck Accident On The 99 Freeway By Fruitridge Road
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (November 6, 2019) – A 49-year-old woman has survived after her leg was impaled by a metal bar that fell off a truck on Highway 99 not far from Fruitridge Road.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 10:05 p.m. For reasons that remain under investigation, a metal bar fell of a big rig and entered a Chevy Impala before impaling the victim’s right leg.
The driver of the big rig truck continued to drive along State Route 99 and is currently being pursued by police. Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victim.
She was transported to a local hospital in stable condition. An investigation into the accident that left the woman impaled by the metal bar remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Accidents Involving Objects That Fall Off Vehicles
Accidents involving objects that fall off vehicles may seem like a freak occurrence, but they are actually fairly common. In fact, it has been estimated that nearly 13,000 people are injured every year in accidents involving objects that fell from cars or trucks. Refrigerators and household appliances among the most common objects to be tossed from vehicles. Victims of accidents involving loose objects tend to suffer from a wide variety of injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Organ damage
Truck drivers and loading companies have a legal obligation to take reasonable measures to make sure that cargo is secured. If a truck company or loading company does not take reasonable measures to secure metal bars or other cargo they could be held liable through a civil claim. Companies are vicariously liable for the negligent conduct of their employees that load a truck. FMCSA rules requires commercial trucks to carry at least $750,000 worth of liability insurance in the event any person is injured in an accident.
The victim of a 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. Truck companies will often fight hard to deny liability when an object falls off of one of their trucks. A truck accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your rights are. They can help track down any at fault driver and make sure that your medical and financial needs are being taken care of.
Getting Help After A Truck Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to the woman who was injured in this accident. Any person with knowledge of the truck driver’s whereabouts should contact police as they continue their investigation. There needs to be some accountability for what happened.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured after an object fell from a truck? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have questions about the law or need assistance with medical bills we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.