A fatal crash today on Interstate 680 in Fremont, California left one person dead and the police investigating the crash. It appears that the driver of a smaller car crashed into the back of a semi truck, causing the fatal circumstances that left one dead in the sedan. Few details were released about the crash, probably because the police have not concluded their investigation into the matter. Little else is known about the crash.
Fatal accidents like this are always tragic. When someone dies in a motor vehicle accident, the police report that summarizes the incident and assigns blame, if any is involved, is very important. The report can support a civil claim, and it can also be altered after the fact if new evidence comes to light.
But the police report is just one aspect of an accident to consider. When a truck is involved in an accident, there are additional considerations, such as the health of the truck driver, the maintenance and operation of the truck, and the truck company itself. Did the truck driver obey rest laws? Did the truck company? And what about the attentiveness of the driver while he was operating his truck?
While it appears in this particular case that the truck driver wasn’t at fault, it is impossible to tell until the police make a full report on the issue. Motor vehicle accidents can have serious consequences, and when someone is negligent during the wreck, the victims should consult with an attorney.
Source: NBC Bay Area, “One Person Killed When Big Rig, Car Collide on I-680 in Fremont,” Bay City News, June 7, 2017