Wednesday night around 7 p.m., a tire on a semi-truck blew, causing the rig to careen out of control, strike another vehicle and push both vehicles into the center divider. The truck then overturned and continued into the northbound lanes where it collided head-on with a passenger vehicle, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead on the scene.
Several other cars were also involved in the accident and at least seven people were taken to local hospitals for treatment.
NBC Los Angeles reports that some of the injuries and damage to the vehicles was caused by flying debris. The tractor-trailer that set off the collision was carrying a crane that was catapulted into the air and landed in the northbound lanes.
The northbound lanes of the 57 Freeway were shut down for most of the night as debris from the accident was cleared.
Why the tire blew out is key question in this accident. Knowing the answer to that question will help the victims identify who is liable for the crash and financially responsible any resulting injuries or deaths. Mechanical or equipment failure causes thousands of truck accidents each year. Bad brakes and worn tires are common culprit and can be tied to a number of parties including the driver, a trucking company or a part manufacturer.
When a truck owner doesn’t have repairs done as necessary or they fail to replace failing equipment, they can be held accountable for an accident. A truck that is not on proper working order is danger to all motorists, the truck driver included. Ignoring something as basic as changing a tire or a more complex matter such as repairing the braking system may save a truck owner money in the short term, but that failure will be costly in the future if the vehicle happens to be involved in fatal or injurious accident.
Most truck accident victims don’t know if mechanical failure played a role in their accident. By not knowing they could be shortchanging themselves and receive a lesser truck accident settlement than they deserve. This why you need to allow USAttorneys to connect you with a California truck accident attorney in your area. Getting expert legal advice immediately will ensure that your attorney needs to build an unbeatable truck accident claim.
If a truck is involved in an accident because of a mechanical failure, tire blow out or braking problem, a victim may be eligible for compensation to cover their medical costs, lost wages and other accident-related expenses. If a person is killed their surviving loved ones may be able to recover their funeral expenses, loss of companionship and loss of financial support.
If you have been involved in a serious truck crash contact a Los Angeles truck accident attorney immediately so they can begin working on your case.