Big Rig Accident Along Highway 4 Near Antioch
I’m Ed Smith, an Antioch Personal Injury Lawyer. A major-injury crash involving multiple cars temporarily shut down Highway 4 near Antioch in the late night hours of Monday, May 21. A member of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) claimed that the wreck involved four cars at a minimum and that severe injuries did result from the collision. Currently, CHP investigators have not yet determined what caused the accident.
Accident Details: What We Know
The collision took place east of the exit for Hillcrest Avenue on westbound Highway 4. It happened around 10:30 p.m. Three medical helicopters were dispatched to the site of the accident. Two people were flown to unspecified hospitals, and both of them had serious injuries according to CHP officials. By 10:45 p.m., the highway was closed down for investigation.
CHP spokesman Brandon Correia said that one of the four vehicles in the accident was a big rig. An unknown number of people were taken via ambulance to hospitals, however, their exact location has not been disclosed to the public. The CHP was unable to give an update regarding the condition of the victims in the hospital.
The westbound lanes were closed for travel for nearly two hours. By around 1:40 a.m., every lane was up and running.
Big Rig Accidents
Big rigs are necessary for the modern transportation industry, but these vehicles still have a threatening presence on the road. They tend to cause higher than average rates of damage in car wrecks. Cargo can add up to 80,000 lbs. of weight, making them one of the most massive and powerful vehicles on the road.
More often than not, big rig accidents are a result of inexperienced drivers, fatigue, or intoxication. Reports from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) indicate that almost 89% of big truck collisions are caused by a driver’s (either the truck driver or passenger car) physical condition or performance. This means that out of all the car accidents involving big rigs, only 11% are due to external factors such as faulty equipment or poor weather conditions.
Damage in Big Rig Accidents
Big rig collisions can lead to a host of issues including:
- Physical injury, from minor bruises and broken bones to permanent disability or death in more extreme cases
- Emotional trauma, which can accumulate from the stress of injury and recovery
- Financial stress, which comes from the expensive medical bills, time off work, and property damage that are all too common in big rig accidents
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Personal Injury Attorney in Antioch
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