A serious big rig accident in Buellton has left a truck driver dead and a mother, a 10-week-old child, and a 10-year-old child with injuries. According to a Santa Barbara Independent article, the collision occurred when the large truck and the BMW transporting the woman and children crashed along Highway 101 northbound lanes around 2:45 p.m. on January 12.
As a result of the accident, the big rig dropped an estimated 100 feet off the raised lanes of the highway and fell into a creek bed where it caught on fire. The occupants of the BMW were trapped in the vehicle as it hung over the edge of the road, but they were eventually extracted.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) stated that the big rig was traveling at about 65 mph when it was crossing Santa Rosa Creek. Fire crews with Santa Barbara County worked to secure the vehicle and airlift the accident victims to a local hospital.
Although the main cause of this collision is still under investigation, it is probable that speed, driving under the influence, driver fatigue, and distracted driving will be examined, as these are common causes of truck crashes in California and throughout the nation.
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that in 2009, 296,000 large trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds were involved in accidents. In addition, 3,380 people lost their lives and an additional 74,000 were injured in accidents involving large trucks.
The aftermath of a big rig collision is devastating due to the large size and weight of commercial vehicles. The Southern California truck accident attorneys at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley have obtained many successful jury verdicts and settlements for those who have suffered life-altering injuries and for family members of those killed by another’s negligence. Our firm is committed to winning the compensation that our clients deserve. For more information about how we can protect your rights, call (310) 273-1230 for a free consultation.