At around 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 20, 2014, a man was killed in a fiery truck crash on I-5 in San Clemente, reported the Orange County Register. While traveling southbound, the driver of a flatbed lumber truck rear-ended a 1984 pickup truck that was towing a 1950 Oldsmobile on a dolly, the impact causing the pickup to become engulfed in flames. The driver of the pickup was pronounced dead at the scene. The 55-year-old driver of the lumber truck sustained minor injuries and declined transport to the hospital. Authorities are investigating whether or not speed contributed to the crash and have asked that witnesses call 949-487-4000.
San Clemente accounted for 2 of the 88 fatalities and 275 of the 17,182 injuries motor vehicle occupants suffered in crashes that occurred in Orange County in 2011, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Large trucks were involved in 5 of the 245 fatal and 336 of the 5,155 injury accidents that occurred in the state that year.
When a driver’s negligence causes a fatal accident, the family of the victim may file a wrongful death claim in order to hold the driver liable for their loss. For more information on the wrongful death claims process, please call 888-752-7474 or contact us online.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the man who was killed in this accident.
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