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San Francisco Big-Rig Crash Results in Multiple Injuries

An unfortunate big-rig accident occurred on US-101 in San Francisco on October 16, 2012, at approximately 8:30 p.m. The accident shut down all lanes of southbound US-101 near the Cesar Chavez off-ramp causing thousands of San Francisco Giants fans headed southbound following the game to be stuck in traffic.

According to California Highway Patrol sources, the multi-vehicle accident occurred when a big-rig truck collided with a Toyota Camry. As many as six other vehicles were reportedly also involved in the accident. Two individuals were immediately transported to San Francisco General Hospital with undisclosed injuries and one of the victims was believed to have been a pregnant woman. First responders immediately attended to her and removed her from the overturned Toyota Camry. Fortunately, preliminary reports have indicated that none of the victims' injuries have been described as life-threatening.

This terrifying accident exemplifies the dangers associated with freeway truck accidents. A negligently operated big-rig on a congested freeway is a recipe for disaster. As this accident demonstrates, once a big-rig truck loses control at freeway speeds it can leave a path of injuries and destruction in its wake. The CHP has not yet identified the cause of this trucking accident. There are many common factors that lead to trucking accidents. There are many factors that can lead to a car or trucking accident such as an inexperienced driver, texting or other distractions, reckless or aggressive driving, among many others.

Upon employment, the driver is given the responsibility to abide by all laws pertaining to the road, and if an accident were to occur based off of any of these details, they are at fault for the incident. The truck driver's employer may also be potentially liable for this accident. Trucking company employers have a responsibility to ensure that their drivers are responsible and safe. Employers must conduct comprehensive background checks for all of their truck drivers and monitor their driving records annually. Trucking employers are also responsible for maintaining their trucking fleet in good repair. An employer is negligent if it fails to require its drivers to comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Administration regulations regarding truck safety.

The trucking accident lawyers of The Matiasic Firm are committed to helping victims of trucking accidents. We specialize in navigating the complex regulatory scheme that controls the commercial trucking industry. If you or a loved one have experienced a trucking accident call our office immediately for a free consultation with our legal team.

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