SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The driver of a big rig truck was rescued out of his burning cab by a woman passerby early Wednesday on Highway 101, shutting down southbound lanes for several hours as crews cleaned up spilled diesel from the accident.
A female driver who pulled over after the crash pulled the truck driver out of his cab and the man was later transferred with unknown injuries to a local hospital. Several passenger cars were involved in the accident with a big rig. The massive, double trailer truck carrying cement overturned and burst into flames at 5 a.m., according to California Highway Patrol officials.
There’s no question that traffic accidents involving big rigs can be deadly, car accident lawyers say. A truck outweighs the typical passenger car as it is more than 20 times heavier. This can cause catastrophic accidents and many times more than one vehicle is involved in the collision.
“This woman’s efforts to save the truck driver are certainly heroic,” said Emery Ledger, a car accident lawyer at Ledger & Associates. “Any time you have a multivehicle traffic accident the impact can set off a fire among the vehicles and ultimately severe injuries can result.”
Having a traffic collision involving a truck driver can be complicated. Truck drivers are sometimes employees of large companies or independent drivers. Their driving time is tightly regulated in terms of how many hours they can travel on the road without resting, car accident lawyers report. They are required by law to keep track of their driving hours and resting hours in a report. If you are in an accident with a truck driver this report may become valuable evidence in determining who may be at fault for the accident.
A truck accident lawyer is experienced at handling cases involving truck accidents. This can be more complicated than cases involving passenger vehicles. Sometimes there are multiple parties liable in these cases and it’s important to identify all parties liable in a lawsuit, car accident lawyers say.
The car accident lawyers at Ledger & Associates in Newport Beach have handled hundreds of traffic accidents involving trucks and claims where people are injured or killed in such collisions. The medical care for victims of these accidents can be costly, especially if there is an ongoing need for medical attention. So if you are injured in a traffic accident, car accident lawyers recommend that you call a personal injury law firm immediately.