Articles Tagged with cargo accident in San Francisco

04082013_-_Venice_Beach_hit-and-run_(9573228828)Accidents happen every day. Fortunately, most are not serious and result in only minor injuries. Sometimes, a serious accident happens, and the other driver involved does not stop. It is important to know what to do if you were involved in a hit-and-run accident. Immediately after the accident occurs, identify the other vehicle and driver. If possible, get the make, model, and tag number of the vehicle. However, do not chase the other driver, since this could be unsafe. Remain with your vehicle and follow the following steps.

Call the Police

Call the police immediately. The police will document the accident and try to find the other driver involved. They will also take a statement from you and from any witnesses. It is important to note that according to California law, you are usually required to file an accident report with the California Department of Motor Vehicles, the DMV, within 10 days of the accident.

About a month ago, we wrote about the problem of trucks spilling their cargo endangering windshield (2)everyone on the road including travelers who drive by later and encounter a missed piece of debris.  Today, following a story with a truly miraculous ending, we look more specifically at accidents where items such as logs or beams from trucks impale windshields or otherwise endanger bystanders or even the truck driver himself.  As a truck accident law firm in Santa Rosa, San Francisco, and Oakland, we help people injured when cargo pierces a window or other barrier and we can also represent grieving families when these accidents lead to tragic death.

Miraculous Survival When Metal Beam Pierces Windshield

ABC7 reports that a male driver was travelling south on I-280 in San Jose on Thursday December 10th.   He was following behind a truck when he saw a metal beam come loose from the cargo load.  The beam pierced the man’s windshield.  While surrounding vehicles prevented the driver from veering to avoid the collision, the driver ducked to avoid getting hit by the metal piece.  Despite the fact that a metal beam was sticking right through the front windshield, the driver walked away with only a scratch.  Police have thus far issues a ticket to the truck driver for spilling a load.

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