Thursday, August 16, 2012

4-car Crash Leaves Woman Dead after Being Struck by Flying Concrete

A 52-year-old woman from Antelope reportedly died from a four-car accident after the car she was driving was hit by a flying concrete.

Reports said that the incident was a chain reaction accident that occurred early afternoon last Thursday on Highway 99 in Modesto. The identity of the woman killed from the incident has not been released pending notification of next of kin.

Meanwhile, a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer said that based on their initial investigation, the accident started when a 25-year old driver sideswiped a box truck, which subsequently struck into a concrete center divider. Due to the strong impact, concrete debris flew through the air and a huge chunk hit the windshield of the woman’s pickup truck.

The CHP were subsequently forced to shut down several lanes of Highway 99, which paralyzed traffic flow for more than a couple of hours, the Modesto Bee reported.

Accordingly, chain accidents are just among the many types of car accidents. Chain accident obviously means that there are more than two vehicles involved and more often than not, the impact caused by the collision is strong. Its impact almost always creates a chain reaction where the vehicles involved are pushed forward, thereby hitting another vehicle.

Generally, determining who is at fault in such chain accident is simply a matter of common sense. However, when it comes to relating the negligence act to a specific traffic law, it would require some legal advice from experts.

In some instances, insurance companies cover the costs resulting from the accident, provided that there is sufficient evidence that you were not at fault. Nevertheless, in some cases, the insurance policy does not cover the driver, particularly when proving who is at fault seems to be not straightforward as it should always be, explained a personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles.