George Schultz Jr. South Lake Tahoe: George Schultz Jr., Patricia Schultz Injured In South Lake Tahoe Semi-Truck Accident On State Route 88 Near Red Lake
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CALIFORNIA (February 11, 2020) – Two people identified as George Schultz Jr. and Patricia Schultz were seriously injured in a semi-truck accident on State Route 88 by Red Lake.
California Highway Patrol are saying the collision took place on Tuesday. A 40-year-old truck driver was driving his 2018 tractor trailer eastbound on State Route 88.
For reasons that remain under investigation the semi-truck was rounding a corner and the trailer of the truck went into opposing lanes of traffic. The trailer collided with a Honda CR-V carrying George Schultz Jr. and Patricia Schultz.
A Cal-Star helicopter arrived at the scene and flew George Schultz Jr. and Patricia Schultz to the Renown Hospital in Reno with major injuries. The driver of the semi-truck was not injured and remained at the scene to speak with police.
A full investigation into the semi-truck accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In South Lake Tahoe Semi-Truck Accidents
All truck drivers have a legal responsibility to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner in order to avoid accidents. According to California Vehicle Code 22350, “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.” There are a number of other factors commonly associated with semi-truck accidents including:
- Brake problems
- Prescription drug use
- Traveling too fast for conditions
- Unfamiliarity with roadway
- Roadway problems
- Over-the-counter drug use
- Inadequate surveillance
Truck drivers are required to go through extensive training and get a commercial license. Safely driving a truck is much, much more difficult than driving a smaller vehicle. For example, trucks have a much larger turning radius than smaller vehicles. If drivers are not careful their trailer can easily drift into opposing lanes of traffic. There are a number of measures that truck drivers should take to make sure that they are performing turns safely.
- Truck drivers should be patient and take turns slowly
- Truck drivers should put on their turn signals and check their mirrors
- Truck drivers should make gradual turns to prevent fish-tailing
- Truck drivers should keep their eyes on traffic while making the turn.
Victims of semi-truck accidents tend to suffer very serious injuries. A fully loaded semi-truck can weigh as much as 80,000 lbs. Even a low speed collision can leave victims with long lasting injuries. For example, truck accident victims may suffer from a traumatic brain injury. These are not always easy to identify. It’s best to continue to seek follow up care with a doctor. here are just a few of the most common symptoms of head injuries:
- Confusion and disorientation.
- Difficulty remembering new information.
- Blurry vision.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Ringing in the ears.
Any person that is injured in a semi-truck accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a bodily injury claim can help with lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Unfortunately, truck companies will often fight vigorously to deny liability for any accident. A truck accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A South Lake Tahoe Semi-Truck Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to George Schultz Jr. and Patricia Schultz as they continue to recover. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to authorities as they continue their investigation. There needs to be some accountability for what happened for the sake of all who have been affected.
Do you need more information about an accident that took place in California. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have questions about the law or need a free investigation into a car accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.