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involving three big rigs and a hay truck closed three lanes of the
westbound Interstate 10 near Date Palm Drive, spilled hundreds of bales
of hay and dropped 60 gallons of deisel fuel onto the freeway.
The driver of the hay truck said that she was slowing down because
traffic had backed up due to an overpass closure, when she was
rear-ended by another eighteen wheeler. Before both colliding vehicles
could come to a complete stop, another big rig crashed into them.
According to Cathedral City Fire Department, the two drivers of the
semi-trucks were taken to Desert Regional Medical Center with major
injuries. Diesel fuel and some type of acid leaked out of one truck and
onto the freeway, complicating clean-up efforts. Crews had to wait for a
hazmat crew to arrive from Riverside to clean up the mess.
Semi Truck Accident Statistics
According to the
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration,
304 big rigs were involved in fatal crashes in 2008 in California and
caused 318 fatalities. Over 8,000 large trucks were involved in
non-fatal accidents in California, and over 3,000 were involved in
crashes that resulted in over 4,000 injuries.
Call a Semi Truck Accident Lawyer
The numbers show that semi truck
have a higher chance of fatality and serious injuries. This can
include broken bones, spinal injuries, paralysis or head trauma. This
can cause the victim to seek expensive medical treatments, surgeries,
therapies, and other injury-related care.
If you, or someone you love, has been injured in a truck accident,
our lawyers may be able to recover compensation for your personal
injuries including medical costs, loss of wages, pain and suffering.
Please call 877-702-7274 to speak to one of our experienced semi
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