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One Killed and Three Injured After Big-Rig Accident in Lemoore

Lemoore, California was the scene of a tragic big-rig accident on September 8, 2012, at approximately 8:00 a.m. The accident occurred on southbound Highway 41 near the intersection of Hanford-Armona Road when a big-rig truck failed to slow down as it approached a line of cars that were stopped at a stoplight.The big-rig truck first struck a Chevy S-10 pickup truck and immediately burst into flames upon impact. The driver of the Chevy pickup truck was pronounced dead at the scene. The California Highway Patrol have not yet released the name of the victim but have identified him as a 46-year-old man from Huron.

The violent force of the impact between the big-rig truck and the Chevy pickup truck pushed two other vehicles into the intersection where they collided with a utility pole. This secondary impact resulted in additional injuries. Jack Leal of Lemoore was reported to have suffered lacerations to his nose as well as minor burns to his face and hair. Another victim, Melissa Dodd of Riverdale, suffered injuries to her neck and back. Hopefully, these victims will be able to fully recover from their injuries and the emotional distress resulting from this frightening big-rig truck accident.

The driver of the big-rig truck has been identified as 21-year-old Harpal Singh Sandhu from Clovis. The big-rig driver's failure to slow down while approaching the stoplight could be indicative of driver inattention. Truck driver inattention while behind the wheel is a recipe for disaster. A far too common example of driver inattention occurs when truck drivers text or talk on their cellphones. A momentary lapse in attention by a big-rig driver can have deadly consequences.

It is also possible that aggressive driving led to this accident. There are a variety of actions on the part of truck drivers that may be considered aggressive including: tailgating-driving, speeding, ignoring traffic signals and failing to yield when necessary. A big-rig truck driver, and possibly his employer, can be held liable when aggressive driving causes an accident.

Another possible cause of this accident was driver inexperience. According to The United States Department of Transportation, they have imposed strict rules and regulations regarding the training and testing of big-rig drivers. An employer can be held liable for all injuries and damages caused in a big-rig truck accident if they fail to ensure that their drivers are in compliance with all applicable training and testing requirements.

While the exact cause of this accident remains unclear, it is obvious that this tragic accident could have been avoided. The compassionate trial lawyers of Matiasic & Johnson LLP specialize in helping victims of trucking accidents and their families. We are committed to making truck drivers and their employers pay for the pain and heartache caused by their negligence. If you or a loved one have been injured in a trucking accident call our office immediately for a free consultation.