Texas residents may have heard about the strange excuse provided to police by a 19-year-old man who caused an accident on a California freeway after taking off in a semi truck after the driver stopped at an inspection site. Zombies were allegedly the reason behind the complex 18-wheeler accident that injured four people and delayed traffic for hours while the multi-car accident was cleared away.
When the driver of the truck exited the truck at an inspection site, the young man, originally from Tennessee, reportedly climbed behind the wheel and sped out onto the freeway. He then lost control of the truck and struck a Toyota Tacoma and set off a chain reaction. The Tacoma struck a Toyota 4Runner, which then hit a Mercedez-Benz. He then continued driving and hit a Ford Taurus and Honda Accord. After striking the Accord, the truck overturned and came to a stop.
The driver later told police that zombies were clinging to the truck and he was trying to get away from them. He currently faces charges for receiving known stolen property and taking a vehicle without the owner’s knowledge and consent.
In multi-car accidents like this, it’s hard to determine who will cover the damages. The young driver may not have insurance or the funds necessary to cover the damages. The owner of the truck may have insurance, but that insurance company may not cover the damages since the truck was stolen.
An attorney may be invaluable in complex cases such as this in helping injured persons determine who should be held responsible so they may receive the compensation they need to cover property damages and medical expenses. The attorney may be able to pinpoint multiple sources of liability in order to maximize the victims’ settlements.
Source: CNN Justice, Cause of multiple collisions in California? Zombies, driver tells police, Dorrine Mendoza, April 11, 2013