• February 11, 2019

2 Injured in Fontana, CA, Tow Truck Accident at Merrill & Catawba

Fontana, CA -- February 9, 2019, two people were injured as the result of an accident where a tow truck and a car collided at an intersection.

According to information released by Fontana Police officials, the incident happened just before 9:00 p.m. at Merrill Avenue and Catawba Avenue.

At this time, the exact details leading up to the accident remain unclear. Police said that a tow truck somehow crashed into the driver's side of a sedan crossing through the intersection.

As a result of the collision, both drivers were taken to local hospitals. Their injuries were not specified.

Police reported no charges or citations resulting from the crash. Investigations are ongoing.

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Commentary

Police didn't say who had the right-of-way here, and it's very likely that will be the determining factor in who bears responsibility for the accident. That might sound like something that's easy to find out, but in reality it can be quite complex. For example, if no one witnessed the crash and there's no video footage of it, an accident like this can quickly devolve into a he-said-she-said situation.

One thing to consider is that one of the vehicles involved here is a commercial truck. I can say from nearly 30 years experience litigating against trucking companies that if this truck driver messed up and caused the wreck--which I have no evidence to say did or did not happen--the trucking company is not going to take responsibility for it without clear evidence proving what happened. That's why conducting a private investigation after a serious accident like this is so crucial. For victims to show what happened, they're going to need extensive, convincing evidence on their side.

--Grossman Law Offices

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