Box Truck Crashes into Traffic, One Killed on Hwy 12 in Santa Rosa, CA
Santa Rosa, CA — August 10, 2022, a woman died when a delivery box rear-ended her car and several others on State Highway 12 in Sonoma County.
According to reports the incident happened around 8:00 a.m. on Highway 12 at the Dutton Avenue off-ramp. Preliminary investigation suggests there was heavy traffic in the area when the eastbound box truck approached from the west.
The truck driver allegedly failed to notice the congestion until the last moment, then swerved sharply left to avoid the victim's Nissan Versa which was traveling slowly toward traffic. The truck hit the back-left of the Versa, pushing it off the road where it overturned on a guardrail. After the impact the truck continued a short distance further and hit four other cars before it overturned in the roadway.
The Nissan driver was fatally injured in the wreck. The truck driver and one or more other drivers reported minor injuries.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on SH-12 Box Truck Accident in Santa Rosa
Speaking frankly, a truck most often hits slowed or stopped traffic because its driver did something wrong. That doesn't have to be the case in Santa Rosa, of course, but it's pretty telling that even preliminary reports say the truck driver somehow didn't notice the heavy gridlock ahead of him. If they're right, that could mean this is yet another crash that should have been avoidable but for a trucker's negligence.
Of course, even if that's the case the driver and his employer aren't required to agree. Many crash victims assume a trucking company will have no room to argue after a big rig plows into traffic, but even when a trucker's fault seems clear on paper their employers typically say something else was to blame: Sudden and surprising mechanical or brake failures, wet roads, sun glare, the victims stopped too suddenly for the driver to react...I've warned many people not to underestimate the creativity of a defense team.
The important takeaway here is that few commercial truck accidents are as cut-and-dried as a few sentences in the news make them seem. Companies will spring into action afterward to prepare defenses and avoid responsibility, so victims and families must take steps of their own to be ready for that. Click below to learn more.