October 19, 2012 three big rigs were involved in a major accident on the east bound 60 freeway in Diamond Bar. One of the trucks was stopped on the side of the freeway when another big rig crashed into it and pinned the driver between the trucks. At the time of the accident another big rig crashed into the accident and overturned. The third big rig was a produce truck. When it overturned, it spewed its contents all over the freeway, blocked several lanes and trapped the driver inside. Unfortunately, these accidents resulted in fatal and other serious injuries to those involved in this freeway accident in Diamond Bar.
These events of human tragedy started out innocently enough with a disabled truck on the side of the road. But some how, one driver failed to recognize the existence of the danger and ends up crashing into the disabled vehicle. This accident then leads to another truck collision. We extend our condolences to the families of those involved in this particular accident.
In my years of experience, I have seen many accidents occur when a disabled vehicle has pulled to the side of the road, but for some reason, whether it be, inattention, drunkenness or distracted driving, an accident occurs from an oncoming vehicle. This unexpected collision often results in serious injury or death for the person on the side of the road attempting to address the problem with their disabled car or truck.
Here are several tips of advice for anyone who finds themselves on the side of the road with car trouble or following an accident. First, pull off the road as far as possible. Second, immediately call for assistance from a tow service or highway patrol. Allow those equipped to move or repair your car address the issue. Do not remain in your vehicle or immediately behind your car while it is disabled on a busy freeway. Too many drivers, especially in the dark, fail to recognize the danger of a stopped car and can easily veer into a parked car. Make sure your lights andhazard lights are on. If you have a flare or reflective triangle, use it.
If you find you have been injured in an accident, or have lost a loved one in an accident involving a parked or disabled car, I encourage you to contact a personal injury attorney in your community to discuss whether you have any legal rights to recover from the other driver. A consultation with an attorney will help you know if you are entitled to financial compensation from the driver who caused the accident. There are even times, when a the driver of the parked vehicle is partially at fault if the vehicle has not properly pulled off the road, thereby creating a hazard for the traveling public. No matter what the facts of the accident are, a free consultation with the Inland Empire Law Group and David H. Ricks, in Rancho Cucamonga, California will provide you with critical information upon which you can make your decision on whether you have a claim and who is best equipped to handle your personal injury recovery. You can reach our office at 909-481-0100 to schedule a free initial consultation and learn your rights and obligations following your accident.