According to recent news reports from La Habra California a 23-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman both from Los Angeles suffered injury after a collision with an 18-wheeler on Monday Feb. 21. The injury accident occurred around 3:40 a.m. at the intersection of Beach Blvd. and Imperial Highway. A semi-truck transporting frozen food was traveling south on Beach and turned left onto Imperial when a collision occurred with a car headed east on Imperial. An investigation is ongoing to determine who may have been at fault. The injured people were taken to UC Irvine Medical Center. The man was listed in stable condition; the woman was listed in critical condition. The 34-year-old male truck driver did not suffer injury.
18-wheeler accidents can have a wide number of causes ranging from driver negligence drowsiness distraction or even intoxication. From the initial news report it would appear that simple negligence by either party was likely a contributing factor to this unfortunate accident. Should it be discovered that a truck driver bears liability for this wreck both the driver and their employer can be held civilly liable for the results of the accident. If such negligence is suspected of being a contributing factor an independent investigation may also be conducted that can work toward determining the liable parties and their role in the injury semi-truck accident.