A typical California highway has up to six lanes with many off-shoots and exits. A distracted or drunk truck driver might attempt an unsafe merger, placing other traffic at risk. A recent collision involved a merging truck and a vehicle with several occupants, including an infant.
The truck reportedly pulled out in front of the car, and the two vehicles collided. Sadly, the impact caused the infant in the car to be ejected from the vehicle — the child did not survive. A 27-year-old man and 26-year-old woman in the vehicle with the child suffered injuries in the collision and were transported to an area hospital for treatment.
California police say the truck entered the roadway from the shoulder
The preliminary investigation of the tragic incident revealed that the truck had been on the shoulder of the road moments before the crash. Investigators also say that the truck was hauling a van. When the collision occurred, the driver of the smaller vehicle is said to have lost control of the steering, which sent the car into multiple rolls until it hit a wall along the roadway.
Truck driver did not appear to have injuries
Video footage from a helicopter that flew over the crash site showed the 67-year-old man who was behind the wheel of the truck when it collided with the car. In the video, the man does not appear to have suffered any injuries. Investigators are still working to gather information regarding the moments leading up to the tragic incident. When a child dies in a California car accident, grief is intensified. Such cases often lead to litigation, when parents or guardians file a wrongful death claim against the person deemed responsible for damages.