According to The New York Times, there was a car accident between an S.U.V. and a tractor-trailer filled with gravel in Southern California. Accident reports state at least 15 people were killed. The crash occurred in the El Centro, California area on State Route 115.
The emergency department director at the El Centro Regional Medical Center, Judy Cruz, reported 14 people were found dead at the scene. Seven people were taken to El Centro Regional Medical Center, and two were taken to Pioneers Memorial Hospital. One of the victims taken to El Centro Regional Medical Center died at the hospital.
There was believed to be 27 passengers in the S.U.V. that struck the semi-truck, Ms. Cruz reported. According to a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol, Jake Sanchez, the Ford S.U.V.’s legal capacity was 7-8 people. The truck driver suffered minor injuries in the crash.
Attorney contributor Bobby Thompson, an experienced personal injury lawyer, represents individuals injured in truck and other auto accidents. Below, Bobby shared insight into the legal rights of people injured in automotive accidents involving tractor-trailers.
“People injured in an auto accident almost always experience significant personal and financial difficulties following the accident, specifically, medical expenses and lost wages. Those injured should know their options for financial compensation. In addition to the financial benefits provided by insurance, those injured may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit.”
“In accidents involving trucks, there may be grounds for a lawsuit against the driver, the truck company, or both parties involved. In such cases, if there are injuries or deaths, a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed against the driver. If the driver’s negligence caused the accident, the driver and the company might be considered liable. Those injured in such accidents should acquire the services of an experienced attorney to learn more about their legal options.”