At least one person died and two more were injured in a Santa Clarita car accident that involved a city bus and several other vehicles. According to a KTLA news report, the collision occurred the evening of November 4, 2017 at the intersection of Golden Valley Road and Sierra Highway. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials said the chain-reaction collision began with a Ford pickup truck pulling a U-Haul trailer and a camper trailer slammed into a Toyota Corolla from behind as the car was stopped at a light waiting to make a left turn.
The driver of the Toyota was killed by the weight of the impact and was pronounced dead at the scene. After striking the Toyota, the Ford truck careened into a city bus where one passenger was injured. The bus passenger and the driver of the Ford were both transported to an area hospital for treatment. The passenger sustained non-life-threatening injuries while the driver of the Ford had sustained severely injured. No arrests or citations were issued. The investigation is still ongoing.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members of the woman who was fatally injured in this crash. We also wish those who were injured the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Los Angeles Car Accidents
There were five fatalities and 587 injuries reported as a result of Santa Clarita car accidents in 2014, according to California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). In Los Angeles County as a whole, 606 people died and 51,988 were injured due to car accidents during the same year.
Causes and Compensation Issues
Based on this news report, it appears that this horrific chain-reaction crash was triggered by the Ford truck, which rear-ended the Toyota that was stopped at the light. There are a number of unanswered questions here. What caused the rear-end collision? Was the driver of the Ford truck speeding or distracted? Was there some type of mechanical malfunction in the vehicle such as brake failure? Why was the driver of the pickup unable to stop in time to avoid the collision? We trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.
In such cases, the at-fault driver can be held liable for the injuries and damages caused. Investigations into multi-vehicle crashes can be tricky. If you have been involved in a collision involving a number of vehicles, it would be in your best interest to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and help protect your legal rights and best interests.