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Injured Man Making Slow Recovery After Big Rig Accident

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One man is slowly recovering after a big rig accident recently that left his vehicle sandwiched between two semis. The accident occurred on Highway 99, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Saul Vazquez’s vehicle became sandwiched underneath one semi when the other big rig struck him from the rear. His wife, Amelia, saw the crash and started calling hospitals. Vazquez was found listed as a John Doe, and he was in critical condition. According to his wife, he suffered multiple broken bones, and his recovery might take many months. A GoFundMe site has been set up by family members to support his recovery and help with bills since he will be out of work for an undetermined period.

Common Causes and Consequences of a Big Rig Accident

Traffic slowdowns often lead to a big rig accident for various reasons. One common cause is sudden braking. When traffic abruptly decelerates, truck drivers may not have sufficient time to react, leading to rear-end collisions. Another significant factor is driver fatigue. Long-haul truck drivers often experience extended hours on the road, resulting in diminished reaction times and poor decision-making during traffic slowdowns. Additionally, inadequate signaling by other vehicles can create hazardous conditions, as truck drivers may not be properly alerted to a sudden halt in traffic flow.

The consequences of a big rig accident in a traffic slowdown can be severe. Due to trucks’ massive size and weight, collisions often result in extensive damage and higher fatality rates compared to accidents involving only smaller vehicles. Beyond physical harm, these accidents can lead to significant economic costs, including vehicle repairs, medical expenses, and lost productivity from traffic delays. Furthermore, the aftermath of a truck accident can disrupt local traffic patterns, leading to additional delays and potential secondary accidents. The impact on mental health for all parties involved, including post-traumatic stress, is another profound consequence that should not be overlooked.

Legal Options for Compensation

After a crash with a big rig, victims have several legal options to explore for recovering compensation. The first step often involves filing a claim with the truck driver’s insurance company. This claim can cover medical expenses, property damage, and lost wages. Victims may file a personal injury lawsuit if the insurance settlement is insufficient or denied. This legal action can help recover damages for pain and suffering, emotional distress, and long-term rehabilitative costs. 

Examining whether the trucking company or driver committed any regulatory violations can strengthen a case. In addition, an investigation of the accident may determine if others were negligent in the big rig accident, such as the company that employed the driver, lack of truck maintenance or others. Consulting with a knowledgeable truck accident attorney specializing in truck accidents is crucial to navigating these legal avenues and ensuring fair compensation.

Torem & Associates: Your Trusted Truck Accident Lawyers

When injuries from a collision with a big rig impact your life, you need the determination and expertise of Torem & Associates. Whether you prefer to visit us or have us come to you, we are available around the clock at (800) 500-5000 for a free case consultation. We can also be reached online. Our attorneys strive to ensure that injuries sustained in accidents are compensated to the maximum extent. At our firm, we operate on the basis of contingency fees, meaning we recover no fee until your case has been successfully resolved.


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