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UPDATE: Truck Accident In Sutter County Killed Two People On Highway 99 In Ford F-150 Pickup Truck


Oct 9, 2018

Sutter County Head-On Big Rig Truck Accident Killed Two People Inside Ford F-150 Pickup Truck After Semi Truck Drifted On Highway 99

 SUTTER COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (October 9, 2018) Two People have tragically died in a semi truck accident after the driver of the big rig heading north drifted into southbound lanes.

California Highway Patrol are saying that four people were in the Ford-F150 pickup. Two people died and the other two suffered injuries.

Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene of the collision in order to treat all of the victims. The truck driver is reported to have suffered only minor injuries.

Southbound lanes on Highway 99 were closed for several hours as police continued to investigate the head-on truck accident. An investigation into the truck collision in Sutter County on Freeway 99 remains ongoing.

Drowsy Driving and Truck Accidents

Sleep deprivation is one of the leading causes of accidents in the United States. A number of studies have confirmed how dangerous it can be to drive after significant sleep loss. In many circumstances, drivers were as impaired in their ability to operate their vehicles safely as those with a high blood alcohol content. For truck drivers, there a number of medical conditions that may play a role in sleep related accidents. For example, sleep apnea has contributed to many accidents involving trucks as well as trains. Here are a few symptoms and early warnings signs that you may have sleep apnea:

  • Excessive snoring

  • Recurring daytime sleepiness

  • Disrupted sleep

  • Inability to concentrate and memory problems

  • Gasping during sleep

Drowsiness and medical issues which can induce drowsiness remain big problems. Far too many people are killed or seriously injured every year in truck accidents after drivers fall asleep or become drowsy. An experienced truck accident attorney can evaluate the facts of your case and let you know what your rights are.

Liability In Truck Accidents

Truck drivers are supposed to obey the rules of the road, get adequate sleep and undergo periodic medical exams. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, commercial drivers should undergo medical exams every 24 months. If a truck driver has a health condition like high blood pressure more frequent exams may be needed. In many circumstances, truck companies can be very demanding and  require drivers to work long hours. In order to meet scheduling requirements drivers may skip out on sleep and become drowsy. If this happens the company that the truck driver works for may face vicarious liability for the crash. Victims or their family may be able to receive compensation for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering.

Getting Help After A Truck Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest sympathies to the family of the two people who were killed in this Sutter County truck accident. This should have never taken place. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened. Police should look at the Event Data Recorder (EDR) on the truck to get a better idea of what went wrong. We strongly encourage any witnesses to come forward and speak with police for the sake of all of those involved.

If you or someone that you love has been injured or killed in a truck accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys can investigate your case and take steps to preserve your rights. We focus exclusively on personal injury law and have been helping clients across California for over 40 years. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are seeking legal counsel for your situation we are here for you. You can reach us anytime at  (888) 888-9285.

 Sources:

  1. Brian Hickey. 2 killed in Hwy 99 big rig crash in Sutter County. October 9, 2018

  2. HG Legal Resources. Drowsy Driving – Common Cause of Semi-Truck Accidents. 2018.

  3. Nolo. Trucking Accidents: Common Causes & Liability. 2018.

  4. FMCSA. DOT Medical Exam and Commercial Motor Vehicle Certification. 2018

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