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Tired tow truck driver causes multi-vehicle auto accident

A dangerous collision recently happened in Orange County when a tow truck driver fell asleep while operating their rig. The incident occurred in Santa Ana and involved four vehicles aside from the tow truck, including three small cars and a minivan.

Six people were hurt in the crash, including a 7-year-old child. Although none of the victims' injuries were life-threatening, all of the victims were taken to area hospitals for assessment following the incident. Law enforcement officials have not yet decided if the driver will be charged in relation to his dangerous conduct.

Exhausted driving is a problem in many vehicle collisions. When a tired driver dozes off, their vehicle is no longer under their control. The vehicle may accelerate or decelerate without the driver's knowledge, may swerve in and out of different lanes, and may collide with other vehicles when the driver is no longer aware of what is happening around them.

Tired driving is a form of distracted driving because it causes a driver to take their attention away from the road. There is no excuse for driving while exhausted, and drivers who cause accidents while tired or dozing off may be held civilly liable for the damages and losses that their actions cause.

The accident in this story occurred shortly before 8:00 in the morning, and it is unknown if the driver got any sleep the night before it happened. Should this matter go to trial as the victims seek compensation for their losses, the facts of the case will become important. All Car accident claims are unique and individuals who seek to recover their losses from the parties who caused their injuries must plead solid claims in order to prevail.

Source:, "Tow truck driver falls asleep at wheel causing 5-car crash in Santa Ana," Alma Fausto, Feb. 5, 2018

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