In October of 2011, one woman, Keenia Williams, saved a man from a devastating and possibly fatal situation. After 52 year old truck driver, Michael Finerty, crashed going southbound on Highway 101 in San Francisco, Keenia was the only one to stop and help the injured driver. The accident was caused when a sedan in front of Finerty's truck lost control and hit a guard rail, and then another car in the process. Finerty tried to avoid the accident, but when he swerved, his truck tipped over and immediately caught fire. Williams saw all of this unfold behind her on the highway while she was on her way to drop off her 5 year old daughter at school.
Williams, without hesitation, pulled over her car and left her daughter safely in the back seat to aid the unconscious driver. Finerty was laying still just feet away from his truck—which was now leaking diesel fuel. As the fuel spread, the fire caught and only worsened the situation for the unconscious driver. Williams promptly put her arms underneath the driver's, and dragged him a couple hundred feet to the safety of her own car. "I think I watch too much TV," Williams later explained with a smile. Lucky for Finerty, Williams was brave enough, when every other driver kept going, to stop and help. "If it was me, I would want someone to stop and save my life," she said.
Truck accidents have unmatched potential to cause serious damage and injury to anyone involved, as was the case for Michael Finerty. Although he was not seriously injury in this accident, had Williams not stopped to help, it cannot be certain that he would have survived. In many cases, however, it is the other drivers on the road who sustain the most injury in a trucking accident. If you have been involved in a dangerous trucking accident,
contact a truck accident attorney from Arnold & Itkin, LLP today. Whether you were the unfortunate victim of unsafe trucking conditions/equipment, or the unlucky victim of a dangerous truck accident, a qualified attorney from our firm can help.
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