An accident that happened on Highway 99 in Lodi has left one man dead. A little after noon on a recent February day, a 37-year-old man was heading north in a 2001 Chevy truck when another Chevy truck, a 2005, came up behind him and hit the trailer he was hauling. The impact caused the trailer to fishtail, which made the man lose control of his vehicle.
The truck spun around, going off the road. The trailer came off and slammed into a tree. Authorities from the Lodi Fire Department and the American Medical Response rushed to the scene, but the victim died before he could be taken to a hospital. Officials are still conducting an investigation into the crash and don't believe that alcohol or drugs played a role in the accident. They did not indicate whether the driver who caused the accident was distracted at the time of the crash.
An attorney could conduct his or her own investigation into the accident to determine fault in a civil case. For instance, was the second Chevy truck speeding? Had the driver recently sent a text or made a phone call that could have distracted him? Was there something wrong with his vehicle that prevented him from stopping? Did the utility trailer escalate the damage in the accident? If so, was it manufactured properly?
The answers to these questions, and many more, could be the determining factor in making a case for compensation. If you've lost a loved one in an accident, you may want to see how an attorney can help.
Source: lodinews.com, "Man died in Highway 99 crash near Turner Road," Christina Cornejo, February 2, 2017