An accident involving a sedan and a semi-truck on Interstate 5 just south of the San Diego-Orange County line led to a traffic alert issued by the local authorities and significant traffic delays for hours.
According to officials with the California Highway Patrol, the accident happened shortly before 4:30 a.m. Thursday, June 15. The truck reportedly hit the center divider on the highway, then collided with the sedan, which ended up beneath the empty 40-foot trailer the rig was hauling. One person had to be hospitalized after the crash.
The southbound section of the freeway was shut down, with two lanes eventually being reopened later in the morning. Debris was also strewn across the northbound section of the interstate, which prompted those lanes to be shut down until they could be cleared.
What are the causes of truck accidents
There are many different reasons why a truck accidents might occur, ranging from mechanical failure and poor weather conditions to simple driver error or driving while intoxicated. Whenever a crash occurs, there is the potential for severe injuries due to the sheer size and weight of the average semi-truck and trailer.
Driver error is among the most common causes of truck accidents. Because they must spend hours at a time out on the road, truck drivers may be susceptible to zoning out or falling asleep behind the wheel. And, while truck drivers must abide by federal regulations on the amount of time they spend on a road within a given 24-hour period, some drivers attempt to push through longer hours on the road to meet tight shipping deadlines. A drowsy driver can be just as dangerous as an intoxicated driver.
Truck accidents also commonly occur due to tire blowouts, speeding or improper loading. For example, a truck that has been overloaded or unevenly loaded could tip over, causing the driver to lose control and crash into other vehicles.
To learn more about your options if you’ve been involved in a serious truck accident, contact a dedicated San Diego personal injury lawyer with Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire.