Highway 99 runs through the heart of Merced bringing its share of big rigs and other commercial trucks. While this is necessary to the region’s economy and to bring supplies to people like food and other goods, riding alongside these trucks can be dangerous.
Highway 99 runs through the heart of Merced and is busy with vehicle and pedestrian activity which makes the highway a dangerous place to be. One mistake made involving a big rig can start a chain of events that can have a deadly ending for anyone around.
Big Rig Accident Takes Life Along Highway 99 in Merced
An example of this happened Wednesday, April 8, 2020, when a semi-truck was traveling northbound on Highway 99 in Merced just north of Childs Avenue in the far right lane. At the same time, a sedan was traveling in the left lane and when the driver of sedan changed lanes, the truck driver lost control and veered off the roadway.
A man and a woman were in an encampment on the side of the road and were struck by the truck. The man died and the woman was injured. According to the California Highway Patrol, it’s unknown which driver was to blame for the truck driver losing control, and the accident is still under investigation.
Common Big Rig Injuries
As this accident shows, any highway can be a dangerous place to be, and Highway 99 in Merced is no exception. The highway is used by locals commuting to work, vacationers passing through, and large commercial trucks delivering and transporting goods.
Because of the high traffic volume, there are a significant amount of crashes that cause serious injuries. When it comes to large trucks, it doesn’t take much of an impact to do a significant amount of damage. Big rigs are heavy, and once they get rolling, they can do a lot of damage. First responders to these crashes report seeing certain common injuries with big rig crashes.
- Blunt Force Trauma
- Traumatic Head Injuries
- Broken Ribs
- Shattered Knees/Wrists
- Organ Damage
- Compound Fractures
- Airbag Injuries
Getting injured in a car accident can change your life, so don’t let the system hurt you a second time. If you’ve been hit by a big rig on Highway 99 or anywhere in the Central Valley, you need to talk to an attorney who can help you. Someone who knows the law and is experienced in getting compensation for his clients.
Contact a Visalia Truck Accident Lawyer.
After an accident involving a serious injury in the Central Valley, contact attorney Martin Gasparian for a free consultation and case evaluation. Mr. Gasparian takes a hands-on approach to every case. He believes that every client should work directly with their lawyer, get honest advice and personalized attention to detail their case deserves.