Courtney Williams of Apopka, Florida, Edgar Rodriguez Cruz of Livingston, Telvin Sauveur of Orlando, Florida Injured In Semi-Truck Accident On Interstate 5 Freeway In Tehama County
TEHAMA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (June 14, 2019) – Three people who were injured in a semi-truck accident on the Interstate 5 freeway have been identified as Courtney Williams, Edgar Rodriguez Cruz and Telvin Sauveur.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place on Tuesday not far from Flores Avenue. The driver of a semi-truck failed to slow down for traffic and rear-ended a semi-truck carrying Courtney Williams and Telvin Sauveur.
That semi-truck was then pushed into another semi-truck carrying Edgar Rodriguez Cruz. Police are saying that the driver of the first semi-truck was traveling at an unsafe speed before the accident.
A small vegetation fire was started due to the accident, but it was later extinguished. Courtney Williams, Edgar Rodriguez Cruz and Telvin Sauveur all sustained injuries as a result of the crash.
Several lanes of the Interstate 5 freeway were closed after the accident as the investigation continued.
Preventing Truck Accidents
Nearly 5,000 people are killed in truck accidents in the United States every year. Those that do not survive are often left with life-long and debilitating injuries. The FMCSA has put forward a number of recommendations to help truck drivers stay safe:
- Defense: Commercial drivers must be constantly vigilant in order to detect unexpected road conditions. Scan ahead for 15 seconds and check your mirrors for blind spots every 10 seconds.
- Signal: Be sure to use your signals to let other drivers know your intent.
- Distance: Keep a safe distance with the vehicle ahead of you. This will allow you to break in time. Many accidents occur when truck drivers fail to brake for slowing traffic.
- Work Zone Safety: Work zones present many hazards for truckers. It’s important for truck drivers to periodically practice work zone safety.
Injuries from a truck accident may include head trauma, spinal injuries and organ damage. Depending on the facts of any case, there may be numerous sources of liability for a truck accident.
Liability In Truck Accidents
Every driver has a responsibility to maintain a safe speed and follow distance with the vehicle ahead of them. Generally speaking, trucks take much longer to come to a full stop because they weigh more than sedans. 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.”
If a truck driver is injured on the job, there is the possibility that they could receive benefits through worker’s compensation. According to the California Department of Industrial Relations Workers Compensation Guidebook, “If you get hurt on the job, your employer is required by law to pay for workers’ compensation benefits.” What many workers don’t realize is that worker’s compensation may not be their only recourse.
An injured worker may also be able to recover damages through a third party liability claim. For example, victims could recover monetary damages against a negligent truck driver that hit them. Damages in a civil claim can help victims with lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A truck accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Getting Help After A Truck Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to Courtney Williams, Edgar Rodriguez Cruz, Telvin Sauveur. Any person that may have seen the accident should reach out to the CHP as they continue to investigate. There needs to be some accountability for this accident.
If you or someone that you care about has been injured in a truck accident 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 financial and medical support that they need. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need assistance after an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.