An accident that took place in San Marcos, California, on Jan. 17 has resulted in the death of a 48-year-old tow-truck driver. The man, along with one other tow-truck driver, was helping another driver with a flat tire when the crash occurred after 7 a.m.
The 43-year-old driver of a white Nissan had sustained a flat tire on the eastbound side of Route 78 near Nordhal Road. The tow-truck drivers were assisting with the tire on the roadside when a 2003 Ford swerved and struck one of the trucks. It proceeded to also hit both truck drivers and the other vehicles.
The driver of the Nissan, who was in his vehicle when it was struck, only suffered from cuts and abrasions. The 42-year-old truck driver suffered what were described as massive internal injuries as well as a broken leg and other fractures. The other tow-truck driver died at the scene. The driver of the Ford did not suffer any injuries.
While it is unclear what caused the Ford driver to swerve in this case, it may be possible for the victims and their families to work with a lawyer to determine that the driver was negligent. If negligence can be proven, such as in the case that the driver was distracted or driving recklessly, then the victims could receive compensation for injuries directly related to the crash. The family of the deceased might also choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit and attempt to pursue damages to cover final expenses as well as the loss of their loved one's income.
Source: ABC 10 News, "Pickup truck hits, kills tow truck driver; another severely hurt", Jan. 17, 2015