It is no secret that collisions involving commercial vehicles can carry catastrophic ramifications. When such a vehicle crosses into the wrong lane of traffic, oncoming drivers may find it nearly impossible to react in time to reach safety and due to the increases in size and weight of tractor-trailers, other vehicles may stand little chance of holding their own when a collision occurs. One person died in a recent head-on car accident that took place after a truck driver attempted to pass another vehicle in California.
According to reports, authorities responded to the scene of a head-on collision on a recent Thursday morning. Initial investigations suggest that it began when the driver of a tractor-trailer attempted to pass a slower-moving vehicle. After shifting into the opposite lane, the truck proceeded to collide head-on with an oncoming vehicle, causing both vehicles to become engulfed in flames.
Law enforcement agents have advised that the driver of the other vehicle suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene. They also assert that they were forced to redirect traffic while the investigation into the incident remained underway. It remains unclear if any other factors might have contributed to the crash or as to what might have led the truck driver to attempt such a maneuver.
Suffering the sudden loss of someone close in a car accident can be a stressful and harrowing process and if it occurs due to another party’s actions, it can be a difficult thing to accept. Individuals who suffer loss under similar circumstances could choose to consult with an attorney for advice on the next steps to take to seek accountability. An attorney can examine every aspect of the incident and work with a client in California in preparing to the full amount of compensation entitled through a wrongful death claim.