A California teenager is recovering from the injuries she suffered when she was rear-ended by a semi-truck during a foggy morning commute last week. No one else was injured in the crash, and it is not yet known whether the truck driver or anyone else involved will face criminal charges in connection with the accident. In addition, it remains to be seen whether the teen will file a personal injury lawsuit against the truck driver or his employer in order to recoup some of her medical costs and other expenses incurred as a result of the crash.
According to police reports, the truck accident occurred at approximately 8:20 a.m. as the 17-year-old was stopped behind a pickup truck that was waiting for a freight train to cross. The big rig, which was pulling a livestock trailer, drove up behind the teen at a high speed. When the 19-year-old truck driver saw the vehicles stopped in front of him, he attempted to slam on his brakes, but was unable to stop in time.
The truck slammed into the teen’s SUV, causing it to collide with the pickup truck and overturn onto the driver’s side. The teen suffered moderate injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
In an interview with a local newspaper, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said that accidents such as the one discussed above are unfortunately all-too-common during the first dense fog of the winter season. “It’s the same story every time. The thick fog comes in, people drive at unsafe speeds and we end up with several traffic accidents,” he said. “Drivers need to slow down. Then, once you think you’ve slowed down, slow down some more.”
Source: The Sentinel, “Speeding semi causes injuries in foggy wreck,” Joe Johnson, Nov. 28, 2012