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Sacramento, CA – CHP: A minivan rear-ends a tractor-trailer on Highway 99 in Galt, resulting in fatalities

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SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Highway Patrol reports that a Stockton man died after his minivan rear-ended a tractor-trailer along Highway 99 in Galt. The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office confirmed that Richard Jooha Lim, 42, was killed in the two-vehicle crash along Highway 99 just south of Simmerhorn Road. Around 11:50 a.m., a minivan, driven by Lim, was reported going over 90 mph in the far left lane of Highway 99, just south of Simmerhorn Road, the CHP South Sacramento Area Office announced Friday.

The minivan drove onto the shoulder of the road for a few hundred feet before striking the tractor-trailer parked on the right side of the highway. According to the CHP’s online dispatch log, the minivan was pinned under the big rig’s trailer. Smoke was seen coming from the crash site, and the tractor-trailer driver was trying to extinguish flames with a fire extinguisher, according to the CHP.

Upon arrival, CHP officers and firefighters determined that the minivan driver had died from his injuries. Lim was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, according to the CHP. It was a medical emergency related to ulcers that stopped the tractor-trailer driver, a 50-year-old Arlington, Texas man. He was not hurt. As authorities worked at the scene to remove the vehicles, the far right northbound lane in the area was closed to traffic for about three hours.

Wrongful Death Lawyers in Sacramento

More than 2,900 people are injured in truck accidents throughout California each year. Commercial vehicles can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, which means they have the potential to cause catastrophic injuries to victims involved in collisions. This is particularly true when victims are traveling in smaller vehicles. The mental, physical, and emotional consequences of semi-truck accidents are often overwhelming. 

There are many instances where traffic accidents are caused by the actions of other motorists. These accidents can include people texting or using cellphones while driving, drunk driving, speeding, ignoring traffic control devices, and engaging in unsafe driving behaviors. To make matters even worse, victims often face stacking medical bills, lost wages, and thousands of dollars in bills to replace or repair their vehicles.

 When victims are injured in truck collisions resulting from negligent and reckless drivers, they should reach out to a truck accident attorney in Sacramento as soon as possible. Victims may be entitled to compensation to help alleviate the financial burdens they face moving forward.

Truck Accident Attorneys in Sacramento

Working with a skilled and aggressive legal team in the aftermath of your crash can make an enormous difference in your ability to recover. Since 1983, personal injury attorneys in Sacramento at Torem & Associates have helped protect the legal rights of numerous victims injured in truck accidents caused by negligence. Our team is dedicated to helping our injured clients get the justice and financial compensation they are entitled to after enduring overwhelming consequences that arose due to another driver’s negligent actions. 

We have been providing aggressive and effective legal representation for decades. We work hard to ensure our clients are in the best possible position to move on and recover from their injuries as quickly and as seamlessly as possible. 

If you’ve been injured in a collision caused by negligence, contact our personal injury law firm in Sacramento at (888) 500-5000 to see how we can help you. By scheduling a free case evaluation, we will review the circumstances surrounding your accident and determine what legal options are available to help you get the justice you deserve.

Note: Our team of writers utilizes secondary sources when creating these posts.  These sources include but are not limited to local news reports, police accident reports, and eyewitness accounts about serious injury accidents in Sacramento.  For that reason, the details surrounding the incident have not been independently verified by our team of writers.  If you locate any information that is not correct in our post, please contact our firm right away so that we correct the post to reflect the most accurate information available.  

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