Rancho Cordova Rural Accident Causes Multiple Injuries

Accident near Prairie City Road intersection between box truck and van

A rural accident east of Rancho Cordova injured four people, including a small child, on November 17. The crash happened near the intersection of Prairie City Road with White Rock Road, blocking the eastbound lanes. According to the report published by the California Highway Patrol (CHP)a 20 to 30 foot long Enterprise van truck was heading west when it suddenly crossed the east side median where it collided with a Honda Odyssey.

Box truck experiences rollover in rural accident

The box truck rolled onto its side, spilling a significant amount of diesel into lane number two. The driver of the pickup truck suffered serious injuries in the rural crash and was airlifted by medical helicopter to UC Davis Medical Center. The two occupants of the van truck were also taken to hospital with moderate to minor trauma. The child in the van was also taken to hospital for minor trauma.

Box truck overturns load on highway in rural accident

The van had to be towed off the premises. He had apparently been carrying devices, which fell from the loading area and were on the roadway. By 5:38 p.m., the west side of the causeway was reopened. The CHP is investigating the accident to determine the cause.

Accidents involving box trucks

Due to their size, weight and difficult handling, box trucks are often involved in collisions, even in rural accidents. In addition to offering box truck rental services to large companies such as Amazon.co.uk and UPS, U-Haul and Ryder also offer services to individuals. The negligence of a van driver can cause an accident for several reasons:

  • Inexperience: New drivers may not be aware that box trucks handle differently, have large blind spots, and require longer stopping distance than passenger vehicles.
  • drive in distracted: A driver may collide with another vehicle when viewing their delivery schedule or GPS directions.
  • Improper Loading: If the load shifts or the driver turns sharply, an improperly loaded truck can overturn and collide with other vehicles.

Insurance Coverage for Box Trucks

Typically, a company’s insurance policy covers at least $1 million for liability involving its vehicles. It is mandatory for private motorists who rent box trucks to have insurance coverage in the event of a driving accident, but policies generally only cover $15,000 to $30,000. In most cases, people injured in van truck accidents receive compensation for their negligent driver auto insurance losses.

Liability of the rental company

The company can be held responsible for an injury accident caused by a box truck that was rented to a driver whose license was suspended or the truck showed a mechanical defect. Following a bodily accident involving a box truck, it is important to seek the help of a lawyer, as liability issues, multiple insurance policies and other factors are complex.

Rancho Cordova Truck Accident Lawyer

I am Ed Smith. I am a truck accident lawyer in Rancho Cordova. You may be able to recover compensation when the negligence of another motorist causes your personal accident. If you need free and friendly legal advice, please call (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400.

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