Big Rigs Collide With One Another in Fontana, Ca
Fontana, CA (Sept. 23, 2020) – At about 10 a.m. on September 23rd, three big rigs collided with one another on an intersection in southwestern Fontana. According to the Fontana Police Department, one of the drivers was injured in the accident.
The collision occurred at the intersection of Etiwanda Ave. and Slover Ave., where a truck hauling a trailer was traveling west on Slover, making a turn on N. Etiwanda on a red light. The semi-truck with no trailer was traveling north on Etiwanda, and was crossing the intersection on a green light. The commercial vehicles collided with one another, forcing the truck with no trailer to drive over the center island, consequently striking a third big rig with a trailer and knocking it over.
Regrettably, more than 100 gallons of diesel fuel was spilled on the roadway, leading to the closure of the road in all directions for over three hours while crews worked to clean the spillage. Fontana’s Environmental Protection Agency along with the Ontario Police and Fire Departments assisted in the cleaning efforts.
The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that truck accidents have been on the rise over the last few years. This comes as no surprise to the residents of Southern California, where the roadway freight system has exponentially grown in the last several years. According to a published report by the California Department of Transportation: The California Freight Mobility Plan 2020, in 2015, close to 3,000 collisions occurred as a consequence of truck driver negligence. About one thousand of these accidents were attributed to unsafe speeding by the truck driver, and about 900 of these accidents occurred because of unsafe lane changing or improper turning.
Moreover, the published report indicates that San Bernardino County is a hotspot for large commercial accidents. Between 2013 to 2017, San Bernardino County was one of three hotspot regions that contained highways with the highest combined truck-related fatalities and injuries. According to the report, this is because San Bernardino County is a high density area, with large amounts of traffic.
The trucking industry remains a controversial topic for people in Southern California. While supporters are thrilled to see the number of jobs that have come to the Inland Empire as a result of warehousing and the freight industry, critics are disappointed and frustrated to see the impact the freight industry has had on local roads and highways.
Late last year, The Los Angeles Times published an article that claimed that over the last decade, over 150 million square feet of industrial space has been built across the Inland Empire. In spite of the strong opposition for the growth of warehouses in the region, local officials continue to welcome warehouse industry projects, claiming that it brings cleaner roads, more jobs, and better looking communities. Still, the efforts of community leaders do little to solve the thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths the trucking industry causes each year across the state.
As a consequence of the immense weight and size of these vehicles, accidents can often be unavoidable. When a big rig collides with a smaller passenger vehicle, the injuries sustained by those in the smaller vehicle are almost always catastrophic. Many truck accident victims often suffer back and neck injuries, including whiplash. Accident victims are also susceptible to sustaining spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, internal injuries, and suffer disfigurement. Regrettably, not every truck accident victim is fortunate enough to survive the trucking accident. In some cases, victims will suffer fatal injuries leaving their families in despair and financial hardship.
When a truck accident occurs because of the truck driver’s negligence, the truck driver or other at-fault party can be held accountable for the victim’s damages. The injured party can pursue compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Similarly, if the victim sustained fatal injuries, his or her eligible survivors can seek monetary restitution by filing a wrongful death lawsuit.
At the Law Offices of Attorney Justin H. King, representing injured truck accident victims is important. The firm specializes in complex personal injury cases, and is familiar with legal complications often faced when filing a claim against a truck driver, trucking company, or other freight industry party. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, obtain the proficient legal support of a law firm you can depend on. Consider obtaining the legal services of an experienced law firm. Contact the Law Offices of Attorney Justin H. King for a free case evaluation today.