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9-Truck Pileup Shut Downs Interstate 5 for 14 Hours

December 31, 1969

There were 9 big rigs that crashed into one another at Newhall Pass on Interstate 5. According to KPCC, the southbound truck bypass was shut down until noon.
The California Highway Patrol reports that the accident happened just before 2:30 a.m. It all went down in the truck bypass tunnel that's only about 25 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. It started when a commercial truck flipped over inside the tunnel. That caused a chain reaction with the rest of the big rigs. One of the drivers involved in the accident was trapped and had to be freed by firefighters. Diesel fuel spilled all over the roadway in the accident.

Our Los Angeles trucking accident lawyers understand the risks motorists face when sharing the roadway with these large vehicles. When you consider the size, the weight and the power of a tractor-trailer or any other kind of large commercial vehicle, you quickly understand that our smaller passenger vehicles stand virtually no chance against them. Most often, it is the occupants of the smaller vehicles involved that are injured, and commonly killed in these kinds of accidents.

According to the California Highway Patrol, there were close to 215 people killed in trucking accidents in the state of California in 2010. In addition to these fatalities, there were more than 5,000 people who were injured in accidents with large vehicles.

Many of these accidents could have been prevented if drivers were more aware of their surroundings and were more conscious of the driving techniques of trucks. It's important that we accommodate this traffic along our roadways. Many times, it's the driver of the truck who is at fault in the accident. For this reason, it's important that we are driving safely and defensively at all times.

Some of the most common causes for trucking accidents include:


-Driving under the Influence.



-Tire Blowouts

-Brake Failure

-Improper Maintenance

-Load Shifting or Improperly Secured Cargo

-Reckless or Negligent Operation

-Violations of Trucking Safety Standards

One of the best things you can do to stay safe is to practice your most responsible driving habits and accommodate the travel of these large vehicles. You never want to travel too closely to one of them. Don't cut them off, tailgate them or linger alongside them. Keep it moving. Always wear your seat belt. It's one of your best defenses against injury or death in the event of a traffic accident. You also want to stay out of their blind spots. These are the areas around the truck in which a trucker cannot see you. They're typically found behind, on the side and right in front of the truck. A good rule of thumb is that is you cannot see the driver then the driver can most likely not see you.

Contact Howard Law, PC today, if you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a trucking accident. Call today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. 1-800-872-5925.

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