Many experienced San Diego County big rig accident attorneys know how inclement weather can play a role in a large truck or other vehicle crash, and the rainstorms of last week were no exception. During the downpour, several vehicle accidents took place on interstates in the San Diego area.
A jackknife accident involving a tractor-trailer and two other vehicles blocked traffic on Interstate 15 just south of Interstate 8, according to the California Highway Patrol. Jackknife accidents occur when a truck’s trailer can’t stop at the same speed as the tractor, which often happens on wet pavement or when brake problems occur. The trailer’s momentum pushes it into an acute angle with the tractor that looks like a partly-opened jackknife, hence the name.
Jackknife accidents are known for their high rates of serious injuries both to truck drivers and occupants of other vehicles involved in the crash. However, there have been no reports of injuries related to the recent I-15 crash.
On north I-805, a vehicle spun out of control and blocked traffic in the rain as well, further confusing highway patrol teams who were attempting to re-route traffic around the I-15 jackknife crash onto I-805. Investigators are still looking into that accident and whether any injuries resulted.
Many southern California car accidents have more than one cause, and in some, multiple parties may have been negligent or reckless in a way that caused harm. If you’ve been injured in a truck or car crash, the skilled attorneys at Jurewitz Law Group are prepared to answer your questions and help you understand your legal options. For a free consultation or to learn more about our case results, call us today at (800) 233-5020.