On November 15, 2021, a fiery collision occurred in Moorpark involving a Toyota sedan and a Peterbuilt Big Rig. There were thee people in Toyota. Tragically, two of the occupants sustained fatal injuries. A third occupant and the driver of the tractor trailer are both injured and in the hospital.

According to the VC Star, the head-on collision may have been a result of the Toyota speeding and drifting into oncoming traffic while negotiating a curve on Grimes Canyon Road where Meadowglade Drive ends. It’s a sharp corner and vehicles should only be traveling around this bend at 20MPH.

After the crash, California Highway Patrol had the accident scene closed down for several hours. This is common after a fatal crash.

Are Big Rig Drivers Always to Blame?

Tractor trailers bring us our food, vehicles and transport other things we couldn’t live without. After spending so much time on the road, they are likely to eventually get into a crash. However, not every crash is the fault of the truck driver. In fact, many truck drivers are very safe drivers.

Truck drivers injured due to someone’s negligence may be compensated by that driver and/or their insurance. In some cases, truck drivers may be able to use their own uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.

Truck drivers should always speak to a seasoned injury attorney after a crash. While an attorney is not needed in every case, it’s always a wise decision to get the free legal advise offered during the initial consultation.

In the event a truck driver is to blame, or partially to blame, injured victims may be able to hold the driver, insurer and trucking company liable for their injuries.

What is Wrongful Death?

When the life of a family member is suddenly taken through the carelessness and negligence of somebody else, survivors may file a wrongful death claim.

California wrongful death cases are governed by section 377.60 of the California Code of Civil Procedure.

Losing a family member is a terrible, traumatic experience. Knowing the death occurred due to someone’s negligence makes it even more painful.

Damages family members may be awarded include:

  • Loss of financial support, gifts and benefits that the decedent would have provided.
  • The value of the household services that the decedent would have provided.
  • Funeral and burial expenses.
  • Loss of society, companionship and affection or sexual relations.
  • Loss of moral support and guidance.

While money isn’t exactly on everyone’s mind after a terrible crash, people should be aware of this type of claim and also that insurance companies do not want you to be aware of it.

Always Speak to a Lawyer.

After any serious injury or fatality involving a big rig for any other type of vehicle, contact a local, experienced attorney for a free, confidential consultation and case evaluation.

If you’d like to speak with us after a crash similar to this, whether you were injured while in the back seat or you lost a loved one, contact us today.

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