LOS ANGELES, CA (June 21, 2022) – A big rig truck has rear ended and crushed a Tesla on the 405 freeway according to a tweet from Marcel M.
As this story is developing, details on the cause of the accident or the condition of the motorists involved is unknown.
From the aerial image, it appears that the damage is substantial as the rear half of the Tesla is completely mangled.
The driver of the truck also appears to have remained in the vehicle, wearing a reflective orange and yellow vest.
The front left of the Tesla also looks to be damaged, indicating collision either with another vehicle or the center divider. It may also be the result of the truck pushing the Tesla forward into the median. Fluid can be seen leaking from the Tesla and draining towards the median.
Traffic is reportedly backed up to the 101 freeway, but from where is currently unknown.
The scene of the accident appears to involve only two vehicles at the moment and no other cars are in adjacent lanes. Traffic on the opposing side of the freeway appears to be unaffected at this time.
Liability In 405 Freeway Car Accidents
Despite improved safety measures for cars, motor vehicle accidents remain one of the leading causes of serious injury and death in the United States. According to the CDC, “more than 32,000 people are killed and 2 million are injured each year from motor vehicle crashes.” There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to a car accident including:
- Distracted driving
- Inclement weather
- Dangerous turns
- Poorly designed roadways
All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid causing accidents. This is especially true for commercial drivers that work for a city. A number of collisions are due to drivers that make dangerous left turns. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 21801, the driver of any vehicle intending to turn left must yield the right of way traveling from the opposite direction close enough to pose a hazard.
If a negligent driver worked for a city, that city could potentially be liable in the event of an accident. Generally speaking, employers are vicariously liable for the negligent actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. There are a number of steps that should be taken after a car accident.
- Photos of the accident site should be taken.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- A thorough independent investigation should be conducted.
The family of any victim that has died in a car accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. It is essential that evidence is properly preserved after a car accident. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A 405 Freeway Car Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our well wishes to those involved in this accident and hope that everyone is safe. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to the police. A thorough investigation must be conducted for the sake of all who have lost so much.
Do you need more information about a Huntington Beach car accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that negligent drivers are held to account for their actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (844) 966-0965.