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Gilroy crash: Summer’s second major California truck accident

Gilroy crash: Summer’s second major California truck accident

It was only a few weeks ago when this blog featured the story of an out-of-control semi-truck careening through California traffic. A man was killed in the July 10 truck crash on Highway 17, when a tractor-trailer loaded with dirt slammed into several cars. The scenario was not unlike a more recent Bay Area collision in which another person died.

The newest tragedy occurred on Highway 152 in Gilroy, where traffic on the busy Silicon-to-Central Valley route was stopped for a red light. Reports indicated a westbound truck driver couldn't stop in time to avoid a collision with several vehicles. The semi-truck then slammed into more cars in the eastbound lanes, damaging a total of eight.

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California driver, employer owe punitive damages for fatality

California driver, employer owe punitive damages for fatality

Every truck driver in California and across the country must obtain special drivers' licenses to operate commercial vehicles. Companies who employ truck drivers are responsible for employees' training and the use of safe driving practices.

A California truck company, PVR Transport and one of its drivers are liable for punitive damages, according to a recent summary judgment that favored a plaintiff. A federal judge said it was clear the defendants were reckless and negligent in a Nov. 2009 accident that claimed the lives of two men.

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