Patricia White and Megann Pitts Car Accident: Patricia Dee White and Megan Pitts Injured In Truck accident On Highway 99 In Fresno County When Truck Driver Made Unsafe Lane Change
FRESNO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (December 17, 2018) – A 54-year-old woman from Corning identified as Patricia Dee White and a 33-year-old woman from Chico identified as Megan Pitts were injured in a car accident.
Darren L. Kelly was driving a 3 axle truck when he made an unsafe lane change, according to Action News Now. The semi truck driver proceeded to hit a Nissan Altima carrying Megan Pitts and her daughter.
The six-year-old daughter of Megan Pitts suffered serious injuries including a broken pelvis, a broken leg and head trauma. She had to be rushed to the UC Davis Medical Center with critical injuries.
Patricia Dee White sustained moderate injuries from the truck accident. At least three other drivers were also injured in the crash as well.
Liability In Semi-Truck Accidents
Truck drivers and other commercial drivers are held to a very high standard when it comes to operating their vehicle safely. They should obey all the right-of-way laws and proceed down the road with caution. Unsafe lane changes are a common cause of truck accidents. According to California Vehicle Code 22107, “No person shall turn a vehicle from a direct course or move right or left upon a roadway until such movement can be made with reasonable safety and then only after the giving of an appropriate signal in the manner provided in this chapter in the event any other vehicle may be affected by the movement.” In short, a driver should make sure that no vehicle is close enough to hit them as they merge into another lane.
Victim’s of truck accidents can be left with devastating injuries. In fact, the FMCSA has estimated that the average cost of a truck accident is around $200,000. This can be absolutely financially devastating for individuals as well as families. The physical as well as emotional injuries left from a truck accident can often have a long lasting impact. According to the American Family Physician, post traumatic stress disorder remains a real problem following motor vehicle accidents. Those that have sustained injuries will normally be able to pursue a claim for damages including medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Getting Help From A Truck Accident Attorney
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to Patricia Dee White, Megan Pitts, her daughter and all of those that were affected by this truck accident. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened and some accountability on the part of the truck driver. Witnesses should come forward and speak with investigators as they seek to determine what happened.
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