KION 46 reported that at least one woman has died in a tragic crash involving a semi-truck and a motorcycle on Carlton Road near Coward Road, just outside of Watsonville, CA.
California Highway Patrol (CHP) Santa Cruz confirmed that the woman, who has yet to be identified, was struck by the truck while riding her motorcycle. Officers found the woman at least 10 feet away from the semi-truck. The crash occurred Monday afternoon, resulting in the road closure of Carlton Road near Coward Road. CHP Santa Cruz is asking drivers to avoid the area. CHP Santa Cruz is currently leading an investigation regarding the crash. Our thoughts are with them during this difficult time.
Attorney contributor Bobby Thompson works for a truck accident law firm in California. Bobby has many years of experience representing victims seeking justice for tractor-trailer and semi-truck accidents. He recently shared some legal options for those injured in semi-truck collisions and their option to seek justice.
"As an attorney specializing in truck accident cases, I am well aware of the legal responsibility of truck drivers and trucking companies to keep other drivers safe on the roads. As a general rule, truck drivers and trucking companies must adhere to applicable state and federal regulations, including those that govern hours of service, vehicle maintenance, and driver qualifications.
Unfortunately, truck accidents occur far too often, and when they do, the results can be devastating. When a truck driver or trucking company is found to be at fault in a truck accident, the victims and their families may be entitled to compensation for the injuries or death suffered as a result. Compensation can include the costs of medical treatment, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
For families of victims who were killed in truck accidents, a wrongful death claim may be brought against the truck driver or trucking company. In a wrongful death claim, the family may be entitled to damages for the loss of their loved one and compensation for funeral and burial expenses.
No matter what the circumstances of the truck accident may be, it is important for victims and families to know that they have legal options available. An experienced truck accident attorney can help them understand their rights and the legal steps they need to take to seek justice."