Three San Francisco Bay area residents died as the result of a head-on crash on a Central California highway in Madera County. The Chowchilla car collision occurred after a semi-truck overturned, spilling its load of cotton bales onto the road. Another driver - Liwei Xu of San Leandro - came upon the truck accident and swerved to avoid the 18-wheeler and the bales. When he swerved, his vehicle collided head-on with a Honda, carrying three occupants from San Jose. All three were killed in the crash.
Xu was taken to the hospital with moderate personal injuries.
The accident remains under investigation and raises several different issues of fault.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a California car accident, it's a good idea to consult with an experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer right away. A skilled San Francisco accident attorney can begin an investigation into all of the factors that may have caused or contributed to a crash and ensure your rights are represented.
Here, several aspects of the incident may be examined. For example, why did the semi-truck overturn? It's important to determine just what caused the truck to flip to begin with. Was the truck driver driving recklessly? Was the truck overloaded? Evaluating the conduct of the trucking company is important as well. Were they negligent in hiring the driver? Did they make excessive demands of their drivers? Did the company properly maintain the truck? An investigation should also be made into whether any defective truck parts played a role in the accident, such as faulty breaks or tires.
Another aspect that should be considered is whether the road was properly maintained and designed. In some instances, it may be possible to file a claim for "roadway negligence" if the construction and/or maintenance of a roadway caused or contributed to a collision.
Finally, the actions of the automobile drivers affected by the crash should be reviewed as well.
This accident was a tragedy for all involved. Whenever significant personal injury accidents occur, many questions are raised and an in-depth review into the circumstances surrounding an incident is necessary.
For more information or if you or a loved one has been injured in a San Francisco car crash, contact a top San Francisco personal injury lawyer at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.