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Big-Rig Truck Accident in Whittier Leaves One Victim With Serious Injuries

A frightening big-rig truck accident occurred on November 11, 2013, in Whittier, California. The scene of the accident was the 605 Freeway off-ramp at the intersection of Washington Boulevard. According to a California Highway Patrol spokesperson, a big-rig truck which had been traveling southbound on the 605 Freeway, went through a stop sign at the end of the off ramp without coming to a complete stop. The big-rig truck driver proceeded to make an illegal left turn and struck a Chevrolet that was heading westbound on Washington Boulevard.

The identity of the male driver of the Chevrolet has not yet been released. The victim was transported to Los Angeles County USC Medical Center with major injuries. At Matiasic & Johnson LLP our thoughts and prayers are with the victim in hopes that he makes a complete and speedy recovery.

Following the collision, the driver of the big-rig truck fled the scene of the accident. Police eventually detained the driver of the truck as he was traveling northbound on the 605 Freeway. Police have identified the big-rig truck driver as a 64-year-old man from Garden Grove. The truck driver and his employer may be held liable for the injuries and damages caused by the driver's negligence.

This accident exemplifies the dangers of truck driver negligence. There are many different types of negligent driver behaviors that put the safety of other motorists at risk and cause fatal and severe injuries. For example, driver intoxication is a common cause of trucking accidents. If a truck driver is under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance their reaction time, perception and judgment may be adversely affected.

Similarly, truck drivers who are exhausted often exhibit limited reaction time, poor perception and bad judgment. In order to prevent driver exhaustion, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has established various hours-of-service regulations. These regulations require that drivers of commercial trucks keep track of all the hours that they are on the road, take mandatory breaks, and only drive eleven hours per day. Truck drivers often falsify their hours-of-service logs and trucking companies have been known to turn a blind eye to truck drivers' noncompliance. A comprehensive trucking accident investigation, including obtaining the big-rig truck's electronic on-board recorder, will reveal if driver exhaustion may have contributed to this accident.

If you or a loved one have been involved in a trucking accident call the experienced legal team at Matiasic & Johnson LLP. One of our dedicated trucking accident attorneys will provide you with a free case evaluation. We proudly serve the Los Angeles area and have fought for trucking accident victims throughout the State of California to get them the compensation they deserve.