A chain reaction crash in Los Angeles County resulted in injuries to 17 people, the morning of June 26, 2012. According to a KABC news article, the injury collision occurred on the 14 Freeway at Escondido Canyon Road. California Highway Patrol officials say the chain-reaction collision involving 19 vehicles was triggered by an 18-wheeler that rear-ended other cars that were stopped as the Highway Patrol was removing some debris from the roadway.
The big-rig, driven by 25-year-old Darwin Martinez, struck a car and set off a multiple collision. CHP officials say Martinez was traveling south in the number three lane “at an unsafe speed for conditions and failed to avoid stopped traffic.” Two victims were transported to area hospitals in critical condition, while most of the other injuries were minor. The investigation is ongoing.
My heart goes out to all the injured victims of this crash. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Los Angeles Car Accident Statistics
There were 98 fatalities and 4,600 injuries involving car accidents in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County in 2009, according to CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). During the same year, countywide, 554 people died and 50,817 were injured due to car accidents.
Possible Speed Law Violation
Based on this news report, the truck driver was traveling at an unsafe rate of speed when he rear-ended the stopped vehicles. California Vehicle Code Section 22350 (Basic Speed Law) states: “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic and on surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.”
Fault and Liability
If the truck driver in this case is determined to have been at fault, then, he and his employer can be held liable for the injuries and damages caused. Injured victims in multi-vehicle collisions would be well advised to refrain from rushing into agreements or talking to insurance companies before they have consulted with an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer. Such cases can get complicated because they involve multiple victims, insurance companies and attorneys. Please do not sign any papers or give insurance companies access to your medical records. The best personal injury law firms always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.