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Family of Melyssa Ford warn of dangers of truck accidents

All it takes is a second for tragedy to strike. This was apparently the case for reality TV star Melyssa Ford, who was recently injured in a devastating accident with an 18-wheleer. Truck accidents are no small matter, and her family chose to release images of the wreck and its aftermath to help other people in California understand just how dangerous they can be.

Ford was traveling to a bridal shower shortly after noon when the accident occurred. An 18-wheeler merged over into the lane she was driving in, but did so too closely and struck her rear right tire. The impact caused the 41-year-old woman's vehicle to flip a total of three times before coming to rest on its roof. Witnesses helped comfort the victim as she waited for emergency responders.

It is not clear if the truck driver was injured, but Ford suffered severe injuries that required hospitalization and surgery. In addition to a 10-inch long cut to her face, she also suffered bleeding on her brain and a skull fracture. A friend credited Ford's use of her seatbelt for saving her life. At last update she was still in severe condition in the hospital.

Although a necessary part of life, 18-wheelers are incredibly dangerous vehicles. Truck accidents can lead to severe injuries such as those that Ford suffered, and those with limited resources often struggle to address the financial toll. In California, personal injury claims are typically the most effective course of action for victims to recover compensation related to their injuries.

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