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California families may have help for victims of truck accidents

Southbound I-5 in Orange County was shut down for several hours after a fatal accident claimed the life of one man. Although the driver that appears to have caused the accident was not severely injured, he reportedly caused significant damage to several vehicles and even sparked a fire. Truck accidents such as this can often cause serious and catastrophic damage. In this California wreck, that damage cost a man his life.

Around 1 p.m., police showed up to the scene of that serious accident. What they found was a pickup truck engulfed in flames and a wrecked lumber truck. Apparently, things went wrong when the lumber truck ran into the back of the pickup. The pickup truck -- an old model from 1984 -- was towing an even older vehicle behind it at the time of the accident.

Apparently, the pickup caught on fire because of the accident, although the vehicle that it was hauling did not. It only took firefighters 15 minutes to get the fire under control, but the pickup driver's body was not extracted until nearly four hours after authorities initially arrived. The accident effectively closed down southbound traffic, and the interstate was not fully re-opened until 7 p.m. that same day.

Police are still investigating the wreck and are attempting to determine if speed may have been a factor. Sadly, truck accidents such as this can cause significant destruction and, in this case, death. As the pickup driver's family may be struggling to cope with the death of their loved one, they may also be faced with unexpected expenses, such as funeral costs. In California, the family of the deceased have the right to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of their lost loved one. If the claim is proven to be substantiated, then any potential financial recourse may prove to be beneficial in coping with emotional and financial burdens that surfaced as a result of the accident.

Source: The Orange County Register, 1 killed in fiery I-5 collision in San Clemente that closed lanes for hours, Denisse Salazar and Salvador Hernandez, March 20, 2014

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