Rear-ended by Big Rig in West Sacramento

Sacramento Truck Accident

Rear-ended by Big Rig in West Sacramento

On many occasions I have been driving down the freeway when suddenly the cars in front me begin to slow.  I begin to reduce my speed as well and check my rear view mirror to see that the  cars behind me are also slowing down.  I can only imagine how scary it would be to see a big rig in my rear view.  A big rig who isn’t slowing down!  Where would I go?  What what I do?  No time to make a decision — when suddenly — CRASH!!

A similar situation happened recently in West Sacramento.  This accident happened on Tuesday, August 21, 2015 and involved a big rig truck with an empty tanker attached. The accident occurred right at commute time (5:15 pm) near the Reed Avenue exit along Interstate 80.

CHP said that calls started coming in around 5:30 pm with callers reporting a fiery scene as a big rig tanker truck had crashed with some other cars.  Callers also reported the big rig was on fire.

A preliminary CHP investigation reveals that the driver of the big rig tanker truck did not slow down for the slowing traffic moving along Interstate 80 near Reed Avenue. The truck driver then crashed into a Ford F-150 pick up truck. The impact forced the truck onto the center divide and the pick-up truck overturned.

After crashing into the pick-up truck, the tanker truck driver continued EB and crashed into a Honda Civic which swerved and ended up in lane number 2. The Honda then crashed with a Chevy Cruze and it became wedged under the cab of the tanker truck. A passing SUV was also hit by the flying debris.

All in all, 5 vehicles were involved including the big rig tanker truck. The driver of the big rig had major injuries as did the driver of the overturned Ford F-150 pick-up. The driver of the second car involved complained of head and neck pain.

Needless to say, traffic was messed up for hours. The number 1 and 2 lanes were completely shut down until nearly 1:00 am in the morning while investigators did their thing. For more information see: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/crime/article28066756.html.

In every case involving a trucking accident, insurance company investigators for the owners of the big rigs have teams that go out to the scene immediately to portray the evidence in the best light favorable to their insured. As a result, it is vitally important for victims or their families to have someone in their corner immediately on these cases as well, before evidence evaporates, disappears or is even destroyed. Evidence at a crash site may have a short life span due to various natural factors, including wind, rain, snow and heat. A prompt and thorough analysis of the evidence left behind at a crash scene can help ultimately determine what happened and who, if anyone, was at fault in the collision.

An experienced Trucking Accident Lawyer  can help you figure out what happened and what to do after a trucking accident.

Attorney Edward A. Smith has been practicing personal injury law for over 30 years.

Our office has handled many West Sacramento Trucking Accidents.

If you or a loved one have suffered serious personal injuries or death from a trucking accident, contact the experienced Trucking Accident Injury Attorneys at the Law Offices of Ed Smith for a free consultation at (916) 921-6400 or toll free at 1-800-404-5400. You can get more information on my website at autoaccident.com .

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