A massive car accident in Cajon Pass, involving 20 to 30 cars, left at least 17 people injured and closed the freeway. The crash occurred just after 11 a.m. on the southbound 15 freeway. Officials believe dense fog contributed to the severity of the accident.
According to ABC 7 News, it appears that two vehicles initially collided, but because of the heavy fog and reduced visibility, the crash started a chain reaction. More that 20 cars were part of the pile up. Officers and paramedics responded immediately and treated 17 people for injuries. Two were transported to the hospital for life-threatening injuries.
Drivers said they tried to avoid the crash, but poor visibility lead to other accidents. As a result, all southbound lanes were closed for over two hours.
In a case like this, involving so many cars, an extensive investigation will occur to try and determine who was at fault. If the accident was caused by the negligence of another driver, such as reckless or intoxicated driving in the foggy conditions, those injured can file personal injury suits against that driver. Those injured, or their families, should contact a Southern California personal injury lawyer who can help recover personal injury damages from all responsible parties. Usually, the first source for such a recovery would be the auto insurance liability coverage of the responsible party or parties. However, it will first be necessary to determine who was at fault.
In serious personal injury claims, often the party responsible for the crash, does not have enough liability insurance coverage to meet the extensive damages suffered as a result of the accident, especially in a large crash like this one. In case of a situation like this, it is important to have as much uninsured motorist coverage as possible.
At Walch Law, our experienced personal injury lawyers handle Southern California personal injury claims. If you have been injured in a car accident as a result of the careless driving of another, contact us today! Our attorneys are ready to help you navigate your case!