A Sherman Oaks truck accident last night caused injuries to the occupant of the pickup truck and to the driver of another vehicle. The Sherman Oaks accident occurred at about 11:40pm when, according to the Los Angeles Times, a woman crashed into a light pole and took down the pole as well as high voltage power lines. The driver of the truck was arrested based on a suspicion of DUI.
According to Los Angeles KTLA news, a bystander heard the Sherman Oaks truck crash and helped the woman escape from her vehicle. The bystander said the woman was in shock as the truck went up in flames. The driver of another vehicle also sustained what the fire department described as minor injuries in the Sherman Oaks car accident.
Given the nature of this collision, with downed power lines and a truck fire, including a possible burn injury, it is very lucky that the injuries were not more serious. Downed power lines pose particular dangers and must always be avoided. Anyone who spots down power lines should immediately call 911 for emergency assistance.
If the woman who allegedly caused the truck accident in Sherman Oaks is found to have been operating her vehicle under the influence of alcohol or other illegal substances, she will likely face serious criminal charges and fines, including for the extensive property damage that the accident caused.
In addition, if the driver of the other vehicle involved in the car accident in Sherman Oaks was not at fault, and did sustain injuries, he or she should contact a Sherman Oaks personal injury lawyer to make a claim against the insurance company for the driver of the truck. The injured party may be entitled to a monetary recovery for personal injury damages, including medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of earnings, loss of earning capacity, loss of profits and loss of enjoyment of life activities. All of these items of damages must be proven by the Sherman Oaks injury lawyer. Our office handles all types of Sherman Oaks injury accident cases and we can be reached 24 hours a day for a free consultation 1-866-INJURY-2 or 1-818-222-3400.