The deceased victim, identified as 81-year-old Thomas Royden of Deal Mar, was traveling in a Honda CRV through the Carmel Valley and El Camino intersection when the vehicle was T-boned by a tow truck. The accident took place around 9:30PM on Sunday, October 6th.
Driving the CRV was an unnamed 72-year-old woman who was also injured and was transported to the hospital for treatment. Royden was also translated by emergency responders after the incident, but he succumbed to his injuries two hours later.
It is not clear at this time why the 49-year-old driver of the “Wind n’ Sea Towing” truck ran the red light, though he was not injured in the accident. On the other hand, some visible damage was present on the front of his truck.
In researching this new story, I was able to gather some insight from Bobby Thompson, an experienced truck accident lawyer. For those injured in auto or truck accidents, he offered the following:
“When we hear the words ‘truck accident’, one tends to automatically assume that any injuries that result from the incident will be fully covered by an insurance policy. Some may also believe that coverage policies will compensate the families who are left stranded when a death occurs.
However, insurance companies don’t succeed by paying out the maximum on all claims made against insurance policies. In fact, adjusters are trained to save the company as much money as possible, and this can result in payouts being reduced or even outright claim denial.
For these reasons, a truck accident lawsuit can end up being the only avenue for victims to recover a full compensation.
A lawsuit can be filed against the individual or party who acted in a negligent fashion and caused the accident. If successful, the compensation paid to a victim and their families can help pay for medical bills, funeral and burial costs, physical and emotional trauma, and even lost earnings.
The legal process for a lawsuit can be complex, and when families are grieving or recovering from the shock that an accident can bring, the last thing they need on their minds is a lawsuit. A legal representative or attorney can handle all of the work, fighting for all of the compensation deserved, while the victims concentrate on getting back on their feet.”