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Trucking accidents often tragic, even if truck is stopped

Truck drivers have a great deal of responsibility, and to be safe on the road, they must fully focus on the task at hand. In order to do so, drivers must be well-rested, and since long-haul drivers often must endure very long trips involving many hours of driving in one stretch, they struggle at times to fit sufficient sleep into their schedules. Unfortunately, in their efforts to do so, trucking accidents sometimes occur, and this is what happened in an incident on a California freeway.

The horrific accident occurred early on a recent Thursday morning on an Interstate freeway. Two brothers and two sisters, aged 17 to 26 years, all from the same family, were traveling in an SUV when they collided with a semi-truck parked on the right shoulder of the freeway. Three of the occupants were killed in the crash, and one was left critically injured. The truck driver had pulled over to rest and apparently was sleeping when the collision occurred.

California state law dictates that truck drivers are permitted to drive only a prescribed number of hours before resting for a certain period of time, and the driver explained to police that he had pulled over to sleep in order to adhere to this law. According to another truck driver, many long-haul drivers are challenged in finding a suitable spot to pull over when rest is needed. Apparently, trucks have been ticketed when stopped on side roads, but a California Highway Patrol officer emphasized the importance of safety, explaining the dangers of stopping on a freeway. According to CHP, since the speed of the SUV may have been a factor in the crash, the truck driver was not arrested at the scene, but the investigation continues, and the driver may yet be charged.

Unfortunately, since trucks are very large vehicles, trucking accidents typically do not end well for the occupants of smaller vehicles involved in a collision. In this case, sadly, four young people were seriously affected by what seems to be an error in judgment by this truck driver. Aside from any criminal charges he may now face, the families of the victims have the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit in California civil court. They may wish to consult with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney who can review their individual case details and discuss their legal options.

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