Fontana, CA (August 18, 2023) – A multi-vehicle truck accident in Fontana on Friday, August 18th, resulted in the damage of 2 semi-truck and two vehicles. According to the California Highway Patrol, the collision took place in the northbound lanes of Interstate 15 at approximately 5:23 a.m.
The vehicles involved included a white semi-truck, a blue semi-truck, a white Subaru sedan, and a gray Toyota Tundra.
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The chain of events started when the Subaru the white truck collided. The truck lost control and struck the center divide of the interstate, ending up on top of the guard rail and blocking traffic in both directions. Both vehicles were stuck in place. The other vehicles than collided with the semi-truck blocking the lanes.
No information has been released about potential injuries, but multiple traffic lanes were closed for about two hours and about 60 feet of guardrail was destroyed.
Investigators are working to learn the circumstances of this truck accident in Fontana.
Liability In California 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 Truck Accident in Fontana
We at Accident News Now extend our well wishes to those affected by this incident. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to the police. A thorough investigation must be conducted.
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