After a FedEx big rig hit a concrete barrier while traveling on Interstate 5 in the San Fernando Valley, the FedEx truck smashed the barrier and rolled onto its side. According to NBC Los Angeles, traffic was backed up for more than 12 miles due to the incident. Accident responders had to remove packages from the FedEx truck before the truck could be returned to an upright position and could be cleared off the road.
Also in San Fernando Valley, a sand truck crash caused a slowdown on I-405. This incident occurred when the truck spilled approximately 40 tons of sand as a result of its involvement in an accident. The incident occurred when the sand truck rear-ended a Honda before turning over on its side and spilling its sand load.
At first glance, these two incidents appear to have little in common, other than slowing down major roadways serving the San Fernando Valley. In reality, however, the accidents are alike because they are among the many commercial truck accidents that happen each year, and which impact the lives of motorists on major interstates in the San Fernando Valley area.
I-5 and I-405 are both common sites of truck crashes because both of these roads are traveled frequently by trucks and because truck traffic is forced to share the road with the hoard of commuting motorists.
Interstate 5 is considered the main interstate highway located on the West Coast of the United States. It largely parallels the Pacific Coast and serves many of the largest west coast cities, including Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland, Seattle, and Sacramento. Capital cities of Washington, California, and Oregon are also linked by Interstate 5, among many others.
Interstate 405 is an I-5 bypass that travels north-south throughout Southern California. Although it is a bypass, it is one of the most heavily trafficked freeways in the United States. Motorists traveling on I-405, which is also called the San Diego Freeway, will find it has earned its reputation (reported on by CBS Local Los Angeles) as the country's most congested freeway.
Since both of these interstates connect major cities in Southern California and throughout the U.S., it should come as no surprise there are many trucks traveling on them, and thus many truck crashes which occur on these roads. All motorists and truckers need to be aware of the increased potential for collisions in highly trafficked areas and should make sure to exercise caution when operating vehicles. Motorists must always use caution when passing large tractor-trailers and should stay out of a trucks' blind spots, which are frequently to the immediate front and rear, and along the driver's side.
If trucks on I-5 or I-405 become involved in accidents, collision victims need to work with an experienced personal injury attorney who can provide help in understanding their rights and pursuing a claim for compensation from drivers, insurers, trucking companies and other responsible parties.