Rainy conditions may have played a role in a recent fatal crash on a California highway. The fatal truck accident followed several other collisions, which had rendered multiple vehicles disabled and stuck on the roadway. However, the existence of prior accidents and rainy weather conditions does not erase any potential negligence exercised by the truck driver.
At approximately 2 a.m., an 18-year-old driver was unable to avoid a collision with a stalled vehicle that had been disabled in an earlier crash. Upon impact, the driver was tossed onto the roadway, suffering major injuries. Another 18-year-old had been in the vehicle as a passenger, and although he was also injured, he exited the car and moved to the shoulder. Two other passengers -- ages 18 and 17 -- remained in the vehicle, and it is unclear if they chose not to get out or whether they were unable to do so.
The driver of an approaching 18-wheeler did not stop in time to avoid striking the second disabled vehicle. The remaining 18-year-old passenger suffered significant injuries in the collision, and the 17-year-old died while still at the site of the accident. Another vehicle caught fire.
Determining negligence in the event of multiple accidents involving several different drivers can be confusing, but that does not mean it is not worthwhile to do so. When pursuing a wrongful death claim after a fatal truck accident in California, documenting negligence is essential to achieving necessary compensation. Those who successfully accomplish this can typically expect to achieve legal recourse related to their financial, physical and emotional damages.