Far to our north, near the city of Fresno, a fatal motor vehicle accident has left investigators asking a number of questions, including whether or not one of the vehicles involved in the crash had been properly maintained prior to the accident. If the answer ends up being no, then the victim’s family may have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit.
For those of our San Diego readers who have not heard about the crash, it took place along Highway 99 just north of Highway 41. Reports indicate that a 22-year-old woman from Fowler was driving her vehicle along the southbound side of the highway when a tire, which had become detached from a semi truck going the opposite direction, crossed over the median and struck her car.
Because the investigation is still taking place, officials from the California Highway Patrol have not explained yet what caused the tire to fly off of the semi truck in the first place Just like in other accidents though, investigators will likely look into whether the commercial vehicle was being properly maintained by the trucking company or if a defective part on the vehicle was to blame.
As you may realize, if negligence is suspected and later confirmed, then the victim’s family may have a claim for wrongful death. If they decide to take legal action they may receive compensation for the death of their loved one. Damages may cover medical bills and burial costs as well as pain and suffering. Though this compensation will not bring back their loved one, it may give them the closure they need to move on from this tragedy.
Source: The Fresno Bee, “Fowler woman killed by runaway truck tire remembered as ‘shining example’,” Hannah Furfaro, Nov. 10, 2014