Santa Ynez Valley News reported late last week on the conclusion of the investigation into a deadly truck accident that left a family of three dead. The crash was a community tragedy which has spurred changes in the local safety protocols.
A large semi-truck was traveling on nearby Highway 154 one night last summer when the vehicle’s brakes went out. The driver was unable to stop the fast-moving machine. The truck barreled through an intersection before coming upon the small wooden home where the family of three lay sleeping. The truck crashed through the home, killing each of those inside, including a young 8-year old boy.
Authorities began a long investigation process following the crash in order to determine exactly what happened. The accident has also spurred in-depth study into the safety of winding rural roads.
As a result of that study, hazardous waste is now banned from using the particularly winding stretch of roads on the highways in the area. A “rumble strip” has also been installed in parts of the highway’s center line to alert drivers when they are drifting out of their lane. Trucker warning signs are still being installed in various locations to make truckers aware of new size limits for travel in that area.
Our Chicago truck crash lawyers at Levin & Perconti are saddened by this tragic accident. Far too frequently truck accidents strike all across the area with ferocity, taking countless lives along the way. It is important for every possible safety measure to be understood and implemented when appropriate. The stakes are too high to fail in that regard.
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