There are many factors that can contribute to accidents on the road, from overloaded trucks to drunk drivers. However, poor driving conditions caused by inclement weather can be particularly dangerous. Truckers in San Francisco and throughout California should be aware of the hazards they face when behind the wheel and do everything they can to prevent another truck accident from occurring.
A recent incident, which took place on a Pasadena freeway just after midnight, involved three semi trucks and three additional vehicles. One trucker lost their life and two drivers were hospitalized due to the accident. Additionally, a truck driver died on the same freeway later in the morning.
The first accident left so much wreckage that personnel were still cleaning up the mess 12 hours later. Furthermore, cat litter had to be placed on diesel that had leaked out and spread over numerous lanes. Because train tracks ran down the middle of the freeway, train service was interrupted, prompting passengers to rely on a shuttle during the closure. There were a series of accidents in the region and this surge in traffic collisions came with wet road conditions due to a storm.
Not only are there many reasons why truck accidents take place, such as truck driver fatigue and faulty brakes, but they can cause a lot of problems for people as well. On top of the physical and emotional pain that can come with a crash, some people also have difficulty with funeral expenses and hospital bills. If you have been involved in a truck accident, talking to a legal professional could be a good idea.
Source: NBC Southern California, “One Killed in Pileup on 210 Freeway in Pasadena,” Brandon Lowrey, Nov. 21, 2013