Commercial trucking accidents tend to be catastrophic. And it’s hardly surprising why. Due to the size mismatch between a multi-ton truck and a passenger vehicle, resulting injuries tend to be disastrous. Truck accident claims involving semis are also very complex.
Below, our experienced truck accident attorneys will discuss some of California’s worst trucking accidents. If you have suffered injuries as a result of a truck crash in California, the experienced truck accident attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers are always here to answer any questions you may have about truck accident claims and damages.
November 29, 1991 - Interstate 5
This was perhaps one of California’s worst trucking accidents ever recorded. The circumstances were unique, combining Thanksgiving traffic and a massive dust storm.
Due to drought in the area, a layer of soil in this mostly rural, farming community was kicked up in the air by winds that were in excess of forty miles per hour. As a result of the poor visibility and the heavy traffic, 14 people were killed that day and over 100 more were hurt.
November 3, 2007 - Highway 99
This accident took place at 7:45 am on November 3, 2007 after heavy fog descended over Highway 99 in Fresno, causing a pile-up that killed a 5 year old boy and a 26 year old man. 36 more people were also treated for injuries.
One driver who was involved in the pileup was cited for driving under the influence, but this was not a factor in causing the accident.
Los Angeles, California
November 3, 2002
The worst multi vehicle pileup wreck took place on November 3, 2002 on Interstate 10. 216 vehicles were involved and 41 were injured. Despite the number of persons involved, no deaths were reported. The crash occurred around 7AM when a semi crashed into the center concrete divider and set off a chain reaction that affected both sides of the freeway. The main cause of this pileup was dense fog which caused poor visibility.
January 9, 2015
This particular incident didn’t occur in California, but it’s worth mentioning due to the circumstances that caused it. 193 vehicles were involved, 23 people were hurt, and one person lost their life. The accident began on the eastbound lanes and soon spread to the other side of the freeway, as well.
It was determined that a tractor trailer that caught on fire was transporting fireworks that then caused multiple explosions. And yet another semi in the vicinity that was carrying acid began to leak, which created even more hazards.