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Santa Barbara County: Semi Struck, Injured Tow Truck Driver Richard Reeder

Posted on Nov 09, 2012

Shortly before 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 8, a semi struck and seriously injured 59-year-old tow truck driver Richard Reeder in Santa Barbara County. While traveling southbound on Highway 101 near the Gaviota rest area, the driver of the tractor-trailer rig, 43-year-old Jose L. Vargas Perez, sideswiped a fire truck that was parked on the right shoulder of the road while responding to the scene of a rollover accident. Reeder, who was also responding to the crash and was standing near the front of the fire truck, was also struck. Emergency responders transported him to an area hospital to receive treatment for fractures, cuts, and contusions. Perez did not notice that he’d been involved in a collision and continued southbound until the California Highway Patrol stopped him. 


“After a traffic collision, those who were injured may hold the negligent party liable for the expenses associated with their recoveries,” explained California truck accident lawyer James Ballidis, “including for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”


Throughout Santa Barbara County, traffic collisions claimed the lives of 32 people and injured another 2,492 in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Large trucks were involved in 5 of the fatal and 29 of the injury crashes that occurred in the county that year.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to Richard Reeder, the tow truck driver who was struck and seriously injured by the semi.


The Santa Maria Times originally reported this collision.


Additional information on the injury and the wrongful death claims process is available to the public free of charge through our office.


If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California truck accident lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596. 

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