Keene, CA (September 22, 2022) – On Tuesday morning, September 20, an injury accident involving three semi-trucks was reported on Highway 58.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that in the morning just before 1:30 a.m. an accident was reported on Highway 58, east of Keene. The accident happened when one semi-truck crashed into another semi-truck. After the initial crash, a third semi-truck crashed into the first two semi-trucks. The cab of one of the semi-trucks crashed into the trailer of another. The trucks were significantly damaged in the accident.
There were significant delays in the area and much damage to the trucks and resulting debris on the roadway. Heavy-duty tow trucks were also requested to respond to the accident. Only one lane of traffic was open for a few hours as clean-up efforts required extensive effort.
Multiple emergency personnel agencies were called to the scene. EMT personnel were also called to the scene to care for those injured. Two people were critically injured with life-threatening injuries, including one person who was pinned inside the cab of the truck. Crews were able to free the individual who was pinned in the cab. Both of these people were transported by ambulance to the hospital for emergency care.
Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash and its causes.
Our thoughts are with all those who have been affected by this accident. We hope for their full recovery.
Truck Accidents in California
Trucks maintain a regular presence on California’s highways. The trucking industry is essential to bringing goods to the communities and industries operating in California. California’s roads are busy with some of the longest commutes in the country and trucks further add to this congestion. Tractor-trailers are much larger than other vehicles on the roads, which makes them much more difficult to control and maneuver. Given their large size, when they are involved in accidents, they can cause a lot of damage and the risk of serious injury is very high.
The trucking industry is regulated by federal law. Truck drivers receive extensive training on proper truck operation. However, truck accidents still happen too frequently. Some 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, wide turns, shifting cargo, difficulty breaking and stopping the truck in emergencies, and hazards on the roadway.
After a truck accident, a truck company’s main goal is to avoid liability, place blame elsewhere, and save money. When there is a truck accident, many different parties can be at fault, including the driver, trucking company, manufacturer, or cargo loaders, just to name a few. This can make determining liability in a truck accident more complicated. Therefore, it is best to have an experienced truck accident attorney evaluate your case. The liable party may be required to help pay for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages you’ve suffered.
Contact a Keene 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.