The roads of California are generally safe, but accidents can happen. Trucks, construction vehicles and other large equipment can turn even a small and slow collision into a tragic ordeal.

The driver and passenger of a Mercedes Benz sedan were killed in a collision with a tow truck in Union City on a recent Sunday afternoon. Union City police officers responded to multiple 911 calls near Mission Blvd. and Lafayette Ave. to find the car and truck surrounded by signs of damage from a crash.

Alameda County paramedics determined that the passenger in the car was dead on the scene and transported the driver to a local hospital, where the person died of injuries suffered in the crash. Mission Blvd. was closed to all traffic in both directions for more than five hours after the collision.

The local police department’s Traffic Unit is investigating the accident, which appears to have resulted from the tow truck striking the side of the sedan. The driver of the truck remained at the scene of the accident and is cooperating with authorities for the investigation.

Victims of motor vehicle accidents involving trucks and other heavy equipment on the road may have a case for financial damages in civil court or mediation. Damages may include reimbursement for medical expenses and related costs, as well as compensation for pain and emotional suffering during recovery.

An attorney may help victims and their families sort out the best options for a lawsuit. Legal representation may increase the chances of a lawsuit for damages after an accident resulting in a positive conclusion for victims.

Source: CBS SF Bay Area, “Two Die In Horrific Union City Crash,” April 22, 2018