A big rig driver died at the scene of multiple accidents on the 10 Freeway east of Los Angeles. Police at the scene say that a chain-reaction crash happened when two big rigs slammed into the back of another big rig truck and a passenger car.
The accident happened around 3 a.m. Thursday, September 26, 2019, near the Citrus Street offramp. Another big rig driver was trapped in his cab and had to be rescued. He was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. The accident closed the 10 Freeway which opened around 7:30 a.m.
Big Rig Chain Reaction Crashes
Big Rig trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 lbs fully loaded, and once they get up to the higher speeds, they are hard to stop, and when they hit, they do a lot of damage. The stopping distance for a big rig truck is almost three times that of a passenger car going the same speed.
This means that when traffic comes to a halt, large commercial trucks like semi-trailers and other big rigs need more time and distance to stop. The average passenger car needs around 140 feet to stop at 60 mph, and a big rig can take up to 525 feet depending on the load.
Big Rig Crash Injuries
Both big rig and chain reaction crashes can produce serious injuries, and with chain reaction collisions, there is always the risk for secondary impacts. When this happens, the victim’s injuries can become greater or additional injuries can occur.
Some of the injuries common to both big rig and chain reaction collisions are:
- Blunt Force Trauma
- Head Injuries/Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Chest Compressions
- Organ Damage
- Internal Injuries/Bleeding
- Air bag injuries
Contact a Big Rig Personal Injury Attorney
The best thing to do when injured in an automobile accident is to talk to an attorney. Even if you don’t hire one, you owe it to yourself to be advised of the law by an impartial professional. Then if you decide to get representation, then choose someone who is experienced and understands the law. Call the Law Offices of Steers & Associates at 800 824 5416 or click here to contact us online. We have attorneys with years of experience dealing with every type of motor vehicle accident, and we get results against the insurance companies and their highly-paid lawyers. Call us now to even the playing field and get the compensation you deserve.