San Fernando, CA (September 21, 2022) – On Monday morning, September 19, an accident involving a pickup truck and a semi-truck was reported on I-5.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that in the morning around 11:20 a.m. an accident occurred on the southbound freeway near Balboa Boulevard. The accident happened when a pickup truck traveling south on I-5 collided with a big rig that was also traveling southbound. The accident caused significant damage to the pickup truck and blocked multiple lanes of the freeway. There were traffic delays in the area Monday morning into the afternoon, as lanes were blocked and traffic was diverted 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. The police have not released information at this time as to the extent of injuries incurred by those involved in the accident.
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
When you travel California’s roadways you will see a large portion of the vehicles are commercial trucks. The trucking industry is a fundamental part of California’s economy, bringing goods and services to California’s communities. California is also an integral part of the country’s economy. California is on the Pacific Ocean and has many big ports, where goods are brought from around the world. Many of California’s highways serve as main trucking routes to deliver these goods to the rest of the country. Truck accidents occur all over the state, but a large portion of them occur on the I-5, I-10, and I-715, which are some of the main trucking routes. Drivers need to be especially vigilant and cautious when driving around trucks. Since tractor trailers are much larger than other vehicles, they can be more difficult to manage. As a result, they are often in accidents and when they are, the results are often catastrophic and the risk of serious injury is very high.
While there are many good truck drivers and trucking companies operating their business honorably, there are many that put profits and deadlines before prioritizing safety. In many cases, truck drivers are pressured to deliver their cargo in an unrealistically short time frame, which increases their profits. As a result of this pressure truck companies place on their drivers, truck drivers often skip rests and speed to make timely deliveries. There are specific regulations issued by federal laws that dictate how many hours a truck driver is allowed to be driving on the road consecutively. However, if these regulations are disregarded, accidents are more likely to happen.
After a trucking accident, a truck company’s main goal is to minimize what they have to pay for the damage caused by one of their trucks. Their main goal is to always avoid liability and minimize costs. Many different parties can be at fault when there is a truck accident, including the driver, trucking company, manufacturer, or cargo loaders. This can make truck accident cases and determining liability complicated. Therefore, it is best to have an experienced truck accident attorney evaluate your case and help you through the process. Contact a San Fernando 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.