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1 Dead 4 Injured in Truck Collision

Another truck crash, another tragic accident. There is at least one person dead after, what the CHP are calling a “tragic accident”. The crash happened along Interstate 5 in Fresno County. Four other people were injured in the crash.

CHP Lt. Jason Elsome’s Statemet:

There was one vehicle that did not stop. It was a big rig driver, did not stop for unknown reasons we’re investigating at this time, and crashed into the back of some of those vehicles.

According to the reports, there was a white pickup truck that unfortunately that took the biggest blow. The driver of the truck was just an eighteen year old young man. He sadly died at the scene. The passenger in the truck with him had suffered from major injures and had to be life-fligthed to a hospital.

Lt. Elsome just happens to be the commander of the CHP Coaling area. He said that out of the five vehicles involved, the Fed Ex big rig was the only vehicle that was in motion. The other vehicles were already stopped.

Lt. Elsome’s Statement:

This time, what we know is that there was some roadwork being done– there was a closure that was in effect north of this location approximately a mile and a quarter. There was cones tapering off and signage out there that indicated that the roadway was closed.

The I-5 had to be closed for around 2 hours in both directions. There were some downed power lines on the freeway after a storm and the PG&E were repairing the lines.

Elsome said that this is still under investigation, however the CHP doesn’t think that weather was a factor in this incident. They also do not believe that the driver of the FedEx vehicle was drinking or under the influence.

Los Angeles Automobile Versus Truck Accident

Large commercial trucks range in weight between 10,000 and 80,000 pounds and can reach lengths of up to 53 feet. An average passenger vehicle weighs roughly 3,000 pounds, so you can imagine the devastation when these two unmatched machines collide. Immense property damage, often resulting in the total decimation of a vehicle is common and extreme injuries that render a victim paralyzed or maimed are frequent. In some extreme cases such accidents result in fatalities, leaving family members to deal with immense psychological and emotional distress  as well financial burdens as a result of medical bills and funerary expenses.

Truck accidents involving automobiles are caused by a wide array of factors that range from:

  • Maintenance Negligence: This occurs when a trucking company or driver fails to adequately maintain equipment and perform routine inspections. Without proper inspections, equipment can fall into disrepair and go unnoticed, causing dangerous situations on the highway.

  • Overloading Cargo: May create an unstable load that is more prone to roll over accidents

  • Excessive Speed: Lessens a driver’s reaction time to respond to road hazards and other drivers

  • Reckless and Aggressive Driving: While operating a large truck and trailer is unsafe for the driver and other motorists based on the sheer size and mass of the rig.

  • Equipment Malfunction: May cause the truck to become unstable, removing the integrity of its foundation and functionality.

  • Driving Under the Influence of an Illegal Substance: Is highly illegal and responsible for the severe impairment of judgment and ability to safely operate machinery.

  • Poor Driving Conditions such as a Snow and Ice: May cause large truck and trailer rigs to slide out of control, careening off of embankments or into other vehicles.

  • Driver Fatigue: Creates a volatile situation when you combine drowsiness and nodding off at the wheel in a massive piece of machinery traveling at high speeds

  • Impaired Vision from Night Driving: Makes it difficult for drivers to recognize potential road hazards and conditions.

  • Overloaded Trucks: Brake Failure: Makes it difficult or impossible to slow a heavy load safely, potentially resulting in a serious accident.

  • Inexperienced Drivers: May result in a collision based on a new truck operator’s lack of exposure to driving hazards when a commercial company does not take the time to sufficiently train and educate them to uphold the highest safety measures on the road.

  • Failure to Follow Posted Traffic Signage: Creates dangerous driving situations such as ignoring “one way” indications that may result in collisions with oncoming traffic.

  • Insufficient Driver Training: May result in a collision based on a new truck operator’s lack of exposure to driving hazards when a commercial company does not take the time to sufficiently train and educate them to uphold the highest safety measures on the road.

  • Defective or Damaged Equipment: May result in a malfunctioning of the truck and trailer, such as a tire blow out that can cause a truck to roll over based on it being rendered unstable.

Experience that speaks for itself

Following an accident with a commercial truck and trailer, it is not uncommon to be left with debilitating injuries and major financial burdens. If you or someone you love have been involved in a truck related accident, seek legal representation immediately. Having a skilled attorney on your side will be extremely important in establishing a solid case and to ensure compensation for damages suffered.  Commercial Trucking Companies and Insurance Providers will try their best to minimize responsibility and payout, so it is important to fully understand your rights.


With over 12 years of experience in specifically dealing with Truck Injury Accidents within the state of California, the attorneys at the DAG Law Firm – California Truck Injury Attorneys – are committed to providing you with the exceptional legal services you need to obtain just compensation for your injuries. Contact us today at (855) 701-0003 for a free consultation with one of our California Truck Injury Attorneys.

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DAG Law Firm

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