The accident occurred on Christmas Day around 5:30 p.m. A witness called police to report that the saw a tractor-trailer strike a fire hydrant, sending a geyser of water 25 feet into the air. The truck driver then fled the scene, according to the Reporter.
Vacaville Police were able to track the tractor-trailer down by the license plate number provided to them by a witness. After examining the rig, police found evidence to indicate it was the one that witnesses saw strike the fire hydrant.
The driver of the truck, a man from Texas, admitted to striking the hydrant and leaving the scene. Police then placed him under arrest for driving under the influence while in control of a commercial vehicle, according to the Reporter.
The data shows us that truck drivers are far less likely to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol than a passenger vehicle motorist. According to a 2007 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study, less the one percent of truck drivers involved in injurious or fatal accidents were intoxicated when the crash occurred. Even though impaired driving truck accidents are less common, they can cause a great deal of destruction.
Typically, truck accidents that make the news involve serious injuries or deaths. While truck accidents are twice as likely to be fatal, they don’t all end in tragedy. Fortunately for other motorists, many truck result in only property damage, but that damage can be extensive and costly considering the enormity of commercial truck. Each year truck accidents cost the American taxpayer $20 billion in personal injuries and property damage.
There is no excuse for intoxicated driving, especially for a commercial driver. If you or a loved one have the misfortune of being involved in catastrophic truck collision, one of our California truck accident attorneys will stand by and your be your voice in settlement negotiations.
The law is hard on truck drivers who cause an accident while high or drunk, and those legal consequences may make drivers think twice before they repeat their careless behavior. But that is not enough for the victims, they often need help paying their medical bills and other accident-related expenses. With the rising costs of medical care, burial expenses, and car repairs or replacement, truck accident victims need someone who understands the cost they are facing to advocate for them.
When truck accident victims retain a Yolo truck accident attorney, they can relax knowing that someone is vigorously fighting for their rights and doing everything in their power to get their clients the maximum amount of compensation they need. If you have been injured by an impaired truck driver, you must contact an attorney immediately. Taking action immediately gives your legal team the time they need to build your injury claim and should give you peace mind that someone is fighting for your rights.