On the morning of the day before Christmas, families likely have many plans on how they will spend the evening. For many, it is a time to follow old traditions and make new memories. Unfortunately, truck accidents can cause families unexpected heartbreak, turning a holiday into a painful reminder of loss. One family in California is likely now coming to terms with the news that their loved one was lost in an accident believed to have been caused by a truck driver.

The accident happened just before 7 a.m. on the morning before Christmas. Witness reports indicate that a tractor trailer drifted across the center line, striking a sedan head-on. The crash ultimately involved three additional vehicles.

The driver of the first vehicle the truck allegedly struck died in the collision. Two other people suffered serious injuries. The truck reportedly struck a utility pole, resulting in a power outage for over a thousand people. The accident likely remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.

Unfortunately, people in California and across the country are often left grieving because of truck accidents. While most drivers are well-trained professionals, some are often pushed to drive past the point of exhaustion, making them hazards to others using the roadways. For those injured or who have lost a loved one due to a truck driver’s negligence, a lawsuit may be an appropriate way to seek justice. An experienced personal injury attorney can help victims identify all responsible parties, potentially including a driver’s employer, and pursue the best course of action.

Source: krcrtv.com, “Highway 99 reopened, power restored after deadly crash in Biggs”, Jerry Olenyn, Dec. 24, 2015