LOS ANGELES COUNTY – One person was injured after a collision involving a big-rig and two passenger vehicles occurred on the southbound 605 Freeway Wednesday night in the City of Industry. The California Highway Patrol reports that a big-rig went through the center divider and into northbound lanes shortly after 11 p.m. Reportedly, a piece of concrete measuring about 3-4 feet was knocked out of the center divider. The injured motorist was taken to a hospital for treatment, reports the Pasadena Star-News.
Truck Accident Liability
Due to the limited amount of information available, it is not clear why the truck driver went over the center divider. Truck drivers must abide by federal regulations and standards, and are held to higher degree of duty when operating a commercial truck. Despite strict federal regulations, truck drivers often exhibit negligent behavior. Examples of negligent driver behavior are: driving while fatigued, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, aggressive driving, and distracted driving. If the truck driver’s negligent or reckless behavior caused the crash to occur, the driver and his or her employer may be liable for the victim’s injury expenses.
Protecting Victims’ Legal Rights
While police continue their investigation of the May 30, 2012 truck accident, the victim should talk to a truck accident injury attorney at Estey Bomberger. If the victim decides to proceed with the claims process, we can review police reports and collect evidence at the scene of the accident to help establish negligence on the part of the truck driver. Our goal is to ensure the victim’s legal rights are protected and upheld. We are committed to getting our clients maximum compensation for hospital stays, lost income from time away from work, and pain and suffering.