Thirty-five people were injured in car accident involving 19 vehicles on a foggy morning Wednesday, Jan. 16. According to a KTLA news report, the pileup occurred along the southbound 15 Freeway south of Oak Hills. Victims were triaged at the scene and preliminary reports indicated 35 people suffered non-life-threatening injuries. A majority of the patients reportedly declined to be transported and it is unclear how many were actually taken to hospitals for treatment.
It’s not clear what exactly caused the crash, but weather was a contributing a factor. Video from the scene shows there was dense fog in the area at the time. Among the vehicles involved were FedEx delivery trucks and big rigs. Video footage from the scene shows many of the vehicles suffered extensive damage. A series of winter storms have been drenching the Southland this week.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured victims of this crash. It is indeed a relief to note that no one suffered life-threatening injuries in this massive freeway pileup. We wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), approximately 21 percent of the approximately 5,891,000 traffic accidents occurring nationwide each year are weather-related. These are accidents that occur in bad weather such as rain, snow, fog, sleet, severe winds, slick pavement, etc. On average, nearly 5,000 people are killed and over 418,000 people are injured in weather-related crashes each year.
The vast majority of most weather-related crashes happen on wet pavement and during rainfall – about 70 percent on wet pavement and 46 percent during rainfall. A small percentage of weather-related crashes occur during winter conditions: 18 percent during snow or sleet, 13 percent occur on icy pavement and 16 percent of weather-related crashes take place on snowy or slushy pavement. About 3 percent of these accidents occur in foggy conditions.
Steps to Take After a Car Accident
If you have been injured in a car accident involving multiple vehicles, there are a number of steps you can take to ensure that your rights are protected. First, make sure you get your account of what occurred as part of the police report. Obtain a copy of the report for your records.
Make sure you get prompt medical attention and treatment. Do not talk to attorneys or insurance companies for other parties until you have spoken with your own personal injury lawyer. It is also a good idea to refrain from signing any agreements or waivers before consulting with your lawyer. Contact an experienced car accident lawyer who will help ensure that your rights and best interests are protected every step of the way.