A pickup truck with three people inside crashed in California and caught on fire. The wreck happened right around 5:45 a.m. on October 21. Fortunately for all involved, a man who was nearby heard the wreck, ran to the scene, and pulled all three people out of the vehicle. They all survived.
The Good Samaritan downplayed his role after the incident, saying: "I'm just glad I was there in a position to help out."
The man said he was asleep before 6:00 a.m. when the accident woke him up because the impact was so loud. He got out of bed and went into his backyard. He said he could hear the victims, and they sounded like they were "in distress." Then he saw the accident scene. By that time, he claimed that the truck's engine was burning up.
The Good Samaritan knew it was a devastating accident and worried about what he would find at the scene, but he ran over all the same. He found the three men still in the vehicle, one with his leg in the flames and yelling in pain. He pulled the victims out, one at a time, and got them away from the truck. By the time he had them out, the entire passenger compartment on the truck was engulfed in flames.
While one of the men in the truck did suffer injuries that are life-threatening, it seems clear that at least one could have died at the scene if not for the efforts of the man who came to their aid.
Life-altering vehicular accidents like these are not at all rare, but many people don't realize that they may be eligible to recover damages if they're injured in a one-car accident. Passengers are sometimes eligible if the vehicle's driver was negligent. The driver could also be eligible for compensation if, for example, the poor quality of the road or a mechanical failure in the vehicle contributed to the accident.
Have you been seriously injured in a car accident? If so, an attorney can help you understand whether or not you have a right to financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and other expenses.