Accident on Rogers Road Injures One in Collision With School Bus
A traffic accident injury was reported in Vineyard on February 11 when a fuel truck crashed with a school bus in a rural area of the county. The accident occurred around 8:30 a.m. at the intersection of Rogers and Bradshaw roads while the school bus was stopped at the railroad tracks. This is when the fuel truck crashed into the Elk Grove school district bus, causing major damage to its rear in the collision. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported minor injuries were suffered in the accident.
Minor Injuries Reported in Accident Involving Fuel Truck
First responders with the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District reported that one person was taken to a hospital for additional treatment. The accident report did not state whether there were students on board the school bus at the time of the accident. One of the Bradshaw Road lanes northbound was shut down while a tow truck removed the school bus.
The Dangers of Fuel Truck Accidents
Accidents with a fuel truck can be dangerous because they carry flammable and explosive substances such as gasoline or diesel. Because these substances are highly volatile, a collision with one can result in serious burn injuries or catastrophic trauma such as a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord damage. Spills and leaks from a fuel truck can make a roadway slippery and cause danger from inhaling the fumes and chemical burns.
Accident Injury Liability in a Fuel Truck Collision
Sometimes, the driver in a fuel truck accident is an independent operator. In others, the truck and driver are hired by a company. This can make liability for an accident injury more complicated. A personal injury lawyer can determine what parties are liable for your trauma, so they can be held responsible. At our law firm, we send our investigators to the scene right away to gather the evidence needed to support your claim, including:
- An examination of the accident scene is conducted to take photographs of the vehicles and surrounding area. This can help determine how the accident occurred and gives the investigators the opportunity to look for signs of neglected road maintenance. If the condition of the roadway contributed to or caused the accident injury, the government entity in charge of taking care of it can be held financially responsible.
- The accident report filed by the police is checked to ensure that no mistakes are in it.
- Accident reconstruction is commonly performed by investigators. It not only shows the positions of the vehicles before the accident but indicates how they collided and their resting positions. This type of forensic evidence is often used when negotiating the accident injury claim with the insurance company or in civil court.
- Interviews are conducted with any witnesses to the accident. Having accounts of the collision that agree with other findings provides good evidence. In addition, a witness may have captured the crash as it happened on their cell phone.
- Area cameras are examined to see if the collision was captured on film. If it was, the film can be subpoenaed to use as evidence.
Once all the evidence is compiled, our injury lawyers use it in constructing a strong case that supports the client’s compensation claim. Keep in mind that a six-month statute of limitations applies to accident cases involving government entities, as outlined in California Government Code Section 911.2. Therefore, it is essential to retain legal counsel immediately to handle all filing criteria and deadlines accordingly.
Vineyard Personal Injury Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Vineyard personal injury lawyer. An injury involving a large vehicle such as a fuel truck can be serious, resulting in long hospitalization and lost wages as well as pain and suffering. For free and friendly advice from our injury lawyers, call us at (916) 921-6400. We can also be reached at (800) 404-5400 or by sending us a message online.
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