A 26-year-old man died after he crashed his Lexus ES 300 into a tractor trailer that was parked on the shoulder of the 210 Freeway in Claremont, according to an article in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.
The article says that Arthur C. Yeh, an Upland resident, was in his Lexus doing about 70 miles an hour when he drifted on to the shoulder, speeding up as he approached the disabled tractor trailer. The driver of the big rig was reportedly standing right in front of his truck when Yeh slammed into it, the Daily Bulletin reports. Fortunately he suffered only minor injuries and got a cut to his arm when the headlight from the Lexus flew off and struck him in the arm, the newspaper reports.
This is a strange accident because it sounds like something went terribly wrong with the driver of the Lexus. It would be interesting to find out if this horrific crash was caused by some malfunction in the Lexus or because the tractor trailer was parked illegally in a recovery zone. If investigators determine that the big rig was illegally parked in the recovery zone, the driver and trucking company could be partially at fault. On the other hand, if it turns out that the truck was legally parked, Yeh’s insurance will be liable to the trucking company and the truck driver for damages they’ve suffered.
Just a few months ago, Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys successfully settled for a client, who had lost his wife in a similar accident. His wife was a passenger in a car, whose driver lost control and hit a big rig that was illegally parked on the side of the freeway. Our client’s wife died as a result of that accident leaving behind her husband and a young daughter. We went after the truck company’s insurance.
Mr. Yeh’s family should get an experienced personal injury attorney on their side as soon as possible so the evidence (in this case, the Lexus), can be preserved and examined for defects. The trucking company’s insurance representatives are probably all over it right now looking at CHP reports and the evidence to protect the company’s interests. Our hearts go out to Mr. Yeh’s family and we hope they get some answers soon and some sense of closure.