Needles, CA (November 20, 2022) – On Friday afternoon, November 18, an accident involving a semi-truck was reported on Route 95.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that in the afternoon around 2:45 p.m. an accident was reported on southbound Route 95, by Havasu Lake Road near the town of Needles. The accident happened when a semi-truck with a vehicle carrier trailer and a Hyundai sedan merged into the same space and collided at full highway speeds. The accident caused major damage to the sedan and blocked the highway.
Multiple emergency personnel agencies were called to the scene. Paramedics responded to the crash and assessed all parties involved for injuries. Officials report that people did sustain injuries in the accident, but there is no information regarding how many people were injured or the extent of their injuries.
There were significant delays in the area and much damage and debris on the roadway. The accident required traffic to be diverted for a long period as clean-up efforts required extensive effort.
Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash and its causes.
Our thoughts are with anyone who has been injured in this accident. We hope for their full recovery.
Truck Accidents in California
The trucking industry is a fundamental part of life in California. It plays an important part in ensuring the success of California’s economy. They deliver goods and services to many of California’s communities. Large commercial trucks are regularly seen on California’s highways. Tractor-trailers are much larger than other vehicles, often weighing more than ten times that of the other vehicles on the road. Especially when they are fully loaded with cargo. Given their large size, when they are in accidents, they can cause significant damage and inflict catastrophic harm on all who are involved. Common injuries after a truck accident include:
- Back and Neck Injuries
- Cuts, Bruises, Broken Bones, and Lacerations
- Burn Injuries
- Head Injuries
- Internal Injuries
- Amputations and Disfigurement
- Spinal Cord Injuries and Paralysis
Truck accidents happen frequently in California. There are many reasons why they happen. Some of the most common causes are speeding, distracted driving, tailgating, driving while fatigued due to long hours on the road, and impaired driving. Serious truck accidents can also be caused by poor handling during extreme weather, shifting cargo, difficulty breaking and stopping the truck in emergencies, and hazards on the roadway.
It’s important to realize that trucking companies and insurance companies are not on your side after an accident. Do not trust that these companies will do the right thing and compensate you justly for the harm their truck has caused you. No company wants to pay out a lot of money on a personal injury claim and will do whatever it takes to protect their wallet. They will try to shift liability and blame others. Or they may try to offer you a quick initial settlement at a low amount and may pressure you to accept that lowball offer.
The insurance adjuster will try to tell you that your claim is not worth any more than what they’ve offered or will try to get you to accept some of the blame for the accident. Therefore, it is best not to speak to the insurance company without legal representation. Never sign an agreement with an insurance adjuster without first speaking to an experienced truck accident attorney. An attorney will fight for your rights and get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
If you were in a truck accident, speak to an experienced truck accident lawyer right away. Contact a Needles tractor-trailer accident attorney by calling (949) 536-9467 to see how we can help you.
Note: This accident news post was created with the use of outside sources. These sources include local news reports, state and local police reports, social media platforms, and eyewitness accounts about serious truck accidents that occur in Southern California. For that reason, we have not independently verified all of the facts surrounding this accident. If you find any information that is incorrect, please contact the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates, PC so that we can update the post to reflect the most accurate information available.
Disclaimer: The photos used in this post were not taken at the actual accident. None of the information in this post is intended to be medical or legal advice. This post is not a solicitation for business.