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One was seriously injured in a rollover crash in Madera County, California

MADERA COUNTY, California- A truck driver was seriously injured after a cement truck veered off the side of Road 16 and into a field, where it crashed and rolled onto its side.

The driver of the truck sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno for treatment.

Authorities did not specify whether any other occupants were in the vehicle at the time of the accident, nor did they know the cause of the crash. The California Highway Patrol is currently investigating the accident.

No further information was immediately available.

The cause of the accident must be investigated to help the injured receive any compensation available under the law.

Rollover crashes involving large commercial trucks like this can be catastrophic, and we are grateful there were no fatalities reported. That being said, the driver suffered serious injuries and deserves answers about what caused the accident, as well as a chance to seek financial compensation from any parties who may have been responsible for the crash. We wish the injured victim a speedy recovery and stress the importance of an independent legal investigation that will help ensure any wrongdoing is identified.

There are a variety of reasons a truck may veer off the road like this, and our investigative team has the necessary experience to identify which reasons may be applicable here. The first potential cause we would want to investigate is any sort of mechanical failure in the vehicle. These vehicles have front steer axle tires, and when those fail, which they often do, it results in a total loss of driver control. Our team would be able to discern whether the tires were in good condition and installed correctly. If they were not, the driver might be able to recover against his employer and/or the relevant service shop.

We would also want to investigate the condition of the braking and steering systems, as well as the trailer and the cement container. The machinery inherent in these trucks is complex and requires substantial routine maintenance. Sadly, many employers neglect to ensure this maintenance is completed in a timely fashion for the sake of profits, and such negligence often results in accidents like this.

We don’t yet know enough to assign fault, but we know that the injured driver does not deserve to pay for someone else’s negligence. A formal legal investigation will be able to confirm whether another party’s negligence was to blame for the driver’s injuries and may provide an opportunity to seek financial compensation from the negligent party.

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