Ontario, CA (Jun. 17th, 2020) – On Tuesday, June 16th, a man, woman and minor were fatally injured in a three-vehicle traffic accident when traveling on Interstate 10 in Ontario. According to a statement provided by the California Highway Patrol, the accident occurred shortly before 10 a.m., near Haven Avenue as a large 2011 Volvo tractor hauling a semi-trailer traveled eastbound on Interstate 10.
As a result of traffic, a 2002 Chrysler Voyager van came to a stop while traveling on the third lane of the freeway. Following behind the Chrysler was the 2011 Volvo tractor, which was traveling in the same direction as the Chrysler – eastbound on the 10 Freeway. Upon collision, the 2011 Volvo pushed the Chysler into the back of a second semi-truck, a 2015 Volvo.
At the time of the released statement, the California Highway Patrol had no indication as to why the operator of the 2011 Volvo allowed the large commercial vehicle to collide with the Chrysler that was stopped ahead. The three occupants of the Chrysler – a man and woman around 25 years of age, and a young 7 year old child – were killed in the accident.
According to some witness reports, the 2011 Volvo driver was traveling at an approximate speed of 60 mph in the heavy traffic. Additionally, the commercial vehicle operator did not seem to attempt to stop the semi-truck before the accident occured.
The victims were declared deceased at the accident scene by the Ontario Fire Department. The 2011 Volvo tractor operator was transported to the Arrowhead Medical Center with moderate injuries. The California Highway Patrol continues the accident investigation.
Large commercial vehicle accidents are particularly frightening because they are more likely to result in the death or catastrophic injury of those traveling in the smaller passenger vehicle. According to the 2018 Fatal Motor Vehicle Crashes: Overview published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, large truck accident fatalities have increased since 2017.
There are many factors that contribute to the rise in large truck accidents. Unfortunately, most accidents are caused by human error. Whether the truck accident occurred as a result of the truck driver’s negligence or a third party’s recklessness, the reality is that most accidents could have been prevented.
One of the most common factors in accidents that occur in the truck industry is driver fatigue, even as there are strict state and federal laws that attempt to mandate resting periods for truck drivers. Truck drivers operate their vehicles under immense pressure, and will usually have to make their deliveries before a certain deadline. For many truck drivers, this means that they will need to travel long distances with very little rest in between. When a truck driver is fatigued, he or she can lose contraction of the road ahead, and his or her coordination can be lessened.
Another issue truck drivers face is distracted driving. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of 9 people are killed and another 1000 are injured as a consequence of distracted driving that occurs on roads across the U.S. For many, driving for long periods of time can be extremely boring, and this boredom can lead to driver distraction. Many drivers text while driving, eat, or look for something to listen to. When a driver diverts his or her attention off the road, disaster can ensue.
As a result of mounting pressure from their superiors or others, truck drivers may be urged to speed when making a delivery. As a result, speeding is also considered as one of the leading causes of truck accidents across the nation. Unfortunately, when the traffic comes to a sudden stop, it can be extremely difficult for a large commercial truck to come to a safe and complete stop before hitting vehicles nearby. The immense size and weight of these large vehicles not only hinder the ability to stop quickly, they are also factors in causing the death or serious injury of the passengers of the vehicle struck.
Semi-truck accidents almost always have disastrous consequences. When an accident occurs, the ability to seek compensation from the negligent truck driver may be possible. Discussing the case with a well-versed attorney is highly recommended.
The skilled litigators at the Law Offices of Attorney Justin H. King are rigorous in the pursuit of justice for victims of truck accidents. For more than a decade, the firm has successfully helped injured victims and their families secure the compensation they needed to get their lives back on track after an accident. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries because of a careless truck driver, speak to a knowledgeable and compassionate attorney who can guide you through this difficult time. Consider scheduling a free consultation with the Law Offices of Attorney Justin H. King.