Thursday, June 16, 2011

Interstate 5 Chain Crash Blamed on Distracted Driver

When you drive on the fast lane, allow extra distance from the driver in front of you in case he slows down or makes abrupt changes. This prevents a rear-end collision and a chain crash when you are traveling on the freeway.

If you fail to do so, you’ll end banged up like the people involved in the recent Interstate 5 three-vehicle collision.

On Wednesday, at least ten people were injured after a three-car collision at northbound Interstate 5 near Avenida Pico at 1:30 p.m.

A Dodge Durango driver was heading northbound in the fast lane when he crashed onto a slowing Nissan sedan. The impact of collision caused the Nissan sedan driver to hit a Mercedes coupe, according to California Highway Patrol (CHP) reports.

Reports said the Dodge Durango driver failed to stop on time to avoid the rear-end collision. He was unhurt in the crash, but four of his passengers suffered minor injuries and were taken to UCI Medical Center.

On the other hand, two occupants from the Nissan sedan sustained serious injuries while other four passengers sustained non-life threatening injuries. Rescuers transported the six injured people to Mission hospital. The 55-year-old driver of the Mercedes coupe was unhurt, reports said.

CHP officers commented that the Dodge driver failed to respond on the hazard due to inattention.

Shifting to lower gear abruptly while traveling on the fast lane is dangerous. Motorists behind may fail to notice such sudden deceleration and crash head onto your vehicle.
Also, when the driver is distracted or sleepy, it can reduce the response time to execute an emergency action.

In California, distracted driving is a traffic law offense and is considered a negligent act. Violators may face penalties and legal consequences when other people are harmed or injured as a result of the misconduct.

For more information, you may consult with a car accident lawyer in Los Angeles. Your Personal Injury attorney will guide you throughout the process of litigation. You may dial our toll free number at 1-866-772-2889, or email us at for free case analysis.