Five people were injured in a Los Angeles big rig truck accident on the 5 Freeway June 16, 2009 after a big rig truck driver failed to stop in time and avoid the car-truck collision. According to an Associated Press news report, the big rig truck was traveling north when traffic slowed down. The truck driver, however, crashed into the center divider, jackknifing and demolishing about 14 feet of the wall. The truck also ended up plowing into seven other cars.
I’m relieved that this Los Angeles County commercial truck accident did not end tragically for anyone. I’m also glad that the other motorists did not suffer major personal injuries. I wish all the injured victims a speedy and complete recovery.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s truck accident statistics, there were 361 fatal accidents involving large trucks in California in 2007 and 10,635 injury accident involving big rigs during that same time. California tops the list of states with the highest number of fatal and major injury big rig accidents.
Large truck accidents can be catastrophic simply because of the size and weight of the vehicle. Very often we see that the occupant of the passenger car is seriously injured or killed in a truck-car accident while the driver of the big rig truck usually escapes uninjured. It is indeed fortunate that it did not happen in this Los Angeles County big rig truck accident.
Truck accident victims would be well advised to contact experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorneys, who will determine whether the truck driver’s negligence caused the victims’ personal injuries or damages. In this particular case, if the news report is accurate, it seems to me that the truck driver was going too fast for traffic conditions at the time. So when traffic slowed down ahead, he couldn’t stop in time and lost control of his big rig. In truck accident cases, if injuries or fatalities are caused as a result of driver error, recklessness or negligence, both the driver and his employer (the trucking company) could be held liable for the injuries, damages and loss.