A recent article in the Tracy Press claims that nine people were sent to various hospitals on September 28, 2009, in a California trucking accident that involved a semi truck rear-ending a passenger van. According to police officials investigating the accident, the rear-end collision occurred on Interstate 205 by 11th Street. A spokesperson for the California Highway Patrol said that the trucking accident occurred just after 6 a.m., sending nine people to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. The drivers of both vehicles were not injured.
Emergency response personnel say that the 2007 Ford E-350 van’s driver was a 60-year-old Stockton woman; she was heading west on I-205 at around 20 mph in heavy traffic. A tractor-trailer driven by a 52-year-old Modesto man traveling behind the van at around the same speed rear-ended the van. The truck driver said that he had looked to his right momentarily and failed to see the slowing van in front of him. CHP accident investigators said that alcohol was not a factor in the trucking accident.
The people in the van rear-ended by the semi truck were exceptionally lucky that none of them were severely injured or killed. In many cases, occupants are not so lucky when a semi truck weighing up to 80,000 pounds strikes a passenger vehicle of any kind. That much weight traveling at even a modest rate of speed is slow to stop and truck accidents usually result in death or very serious injuries. If you were severely injured or lost someone you cared for in a truck accident, Los Angeles truck accident lawyer Samer Habbas may be able to help you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact his office today for a free consultation.