At least five people were injured when an 18-wheel truck plowed into an occupied apartment complex in Fullerton the morning of April 30, 2017. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the incident occurred in the 600 block of Imperial Highway. When police arrived at the scene, they located the large truck inside the building and began to evacuate residents. Police said five apartments were evacuated and deemed inhabitable due to structural damage.
Truck Went Out of Control
Officials said the truck driver and a passenger were transported to the hospital with serious injuries. A couple and their 2-year-old child were also taken to the hospital for injuries. None of the injuries were life threatening. Based on an initial investigation police said the tractor-trailer was traveling within the posted speed limit along Imperial Highway when it suddenly veered across lanes, struck a curb and plowed into the building. The cause of the collision is still under investigation. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact the Fullerton Police Department at (714) 738-6813.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the injured victims of this crash. We wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
What Caused This Crash?
Based on this news report, it appears that the truck plowed into the apartment complex after veering off the roadway. While officials say that the truck driver was not speeding at the time, there are still other important questions that arise here. Was the driver of the big rig under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs? Was he drowsy or fatigued? In other words, did he fall asleep at the wheel? Was he distracted at the time? Was there some type of defect or malfunction in the truck that caused it to go off the roadway?
Fault and Liability Issues
In this particular case, if the driver is determined to have been at fault, both he and his employer can be held liable for the injuries and damages caused. Victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, property damage, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer who has successfully handled truck accident cases.