A truck accident left thousands of gallons of spilled milk on a California highway recently, after a tanker carrying milk on Interstate 5 crashed into another truck as it merged from the shoulder onto the highway. The accident took place around 9 p.m. and the crash itself and resulting milk spill caused a traffic backup for nearly two hours.
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.
Earlier this week, there were two accidents involving semi-trucks and trains within four hours and 20 miles of one another. Although more than 20 people were injured, it appears that no one was killed in the series of accidents. California police and federal investigators are still working to determine the cause of both crashes.
An active-duty Marine lost his life late last week after he reportedly collided into a tractor-trailer carrying a full load while riding his motorcycle on Interstate 5 near San Diego. Investigators with the California Highway Patrol are conducting a full investigation of the motorcycle accident, but so far they do not believe that the truck driver was to blame for the fatal crash.
After three of his family members were killed in a massive truck accident, a man is seeking damages from the trucking company that employed the driver who caused the crash. According to the plaintiff's wrongful death lawsuit, the company is responsible for the truck driver's negligent actions. Because those actions resulted in the fatal crash, the company is also responsible for the fatalities.
Following a truck accident that took the life of her husband, a widow is working to bring awareness to the alarmingly high number of commercial drivers that operate trucks, buses, and similar vehicles despite being diagnosed with sleep apnea. In 2009, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a recommendation that all commercial truck and bus drivers, airline pilots, and ship captains undergo mandatory sleep apnea testing. However, testing has not yet been made mandatory for drivers in any mode of transportation, and the widow hopes to change that.