LOS ANGELES, California – Fifteen people were injured, two in critical condition after a collision involving 19 vehicles on the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway Tuesday morning when a big rig crashed into several vehicles in the Agua Dulce area just northeast of Canyon Country, according to a report by MSNBC News.
Traffic to the southbound lanes of the freeway was closed off about 10 a.m. as the heap of trucks and cars piled on top of one another completely blocked passage on the roadway in an area about a mile away from the Vasquez Rocks County Park. Many passengers were trapped in their vehicles including the driver of a Volkswagen Passat, according to California Highway Patrol report. The CHP report indicated that a Toyota Prius had front-end damage and traffic was backed up for many miles. The SigAlert was canceled and the freeway was reopened to traffic at 2:03 p.m.
According to news reports, the crash was allegedly caused by the driver of a truck with a double trailer filled with 25 tons of sand after he lost control of his vehicle and crashed with several cars just south of the exit to Escondido Canyon Road. Witnesses told police the driver of the big rig was allegedly traveling at a high speed and failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway.
“Traffic collisions involving heavy trucks can be especially deadly on our busy freeways,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm in Los Angeles. “Victims of this type of crash should seek immediate medical attention and contact a lawyer to help ensure they are compensated for their injuries.”
Los Angeles Car Accident Statistics
According to the annual California Statewide Integrated Traffic report there were 554 fatal and 50,817 injury traffic accidents reported in Los Angeles County in 2009. Additionally, there were 2,805 fatal and 163,524 injury crashes in California in 2009.
Additionally, national statistics show that traffic fatalities have declined in recent years across the United States, down roughly 3% to 32,885 deaths in 2010 compared to 33,883 killed in 2009.
For roughly 30 years, the legal experts at Seegmiller Law Firm have represented hundreds of clients who were injured in traffic accidents or have lost a loved one.
If you are injured the insurance company may try to settle your claim quickly, but they do not have your best interests in mind. Some injuries may lead to long-term ailments requiring pain medication, therapy or loss of function. You may require time off work to recover from injuries completely and those costs are not likely part of the settlement they will offer you.
There is no cost to speak to our experienced legal professionals about your accident until we have won your case. Finding the best car accident attorney can mean you will get the settlement you need to get your life back on track. Compensation for your injuries, loss of wages and pain and suffering can’t take away the trauma of the accident, but it can help you rebuild your life.
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