Collisions involving commercial trucks can shut down Southern California freeways for hours on end. Many of us have been stranded on the road in the aftermath of one of these crashes. The real victims, of course, are usually those in the vehicles that collided.
Last month, a Land Rover SUV and a tanker truck were involved in a crash in Hawthorne that killed both drivers. The incident occurred shortly after 5:00 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 24 on the 105 Freeway. The collision caused a massive fire.
Witnesses said that the Land Rover driver was aggressively swerving between lanes before the crash. One said that the driver “lost control because his car was tilted — so swerving to the left . . . The truck started to make a scissor [and] the tanker itself detached itself.” He said, “The silver Land Rover crashed into the divider.”
Southern Californians are nothing if not resourceful. Some motorists who were en route to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) climbed over a fence along the freeway, carrying their luggage, in an effort to make their flights. Meanwhile, a food truck that was stuck in the gridlocked traffic opened for business, serving fellow stranded motorists at a 50 percent discount.
Eastbound traffic resumed a little after 8:00 a.m. However, the westbound side of the freeway was closed until that evening. A section of the Metro Green Line was also closed for a time.
We often assume that when a truck collides with a smaller vehicle, the truck driver is at fault. That’s not always the case. However, truck drivers can have a difficult time escaping a crash when it’s imminent. A truck carrying toxic and/or flammable materials can easily burst into flames, killing or severely injuring the driver and others in the vicinity.
If you or a loved one suffered catastrophic injuries in a vehicle crash, it’s essential to explore your legal options to determine who can and should be held responsible for compensating you for medical bills and other expenses and damages.