A massive pileup brought rush hour traffic on the 14 freeway to a screeching halt yesterday afternoon. Shortly after 4:30 p.m. on Monday, a white pickup truck traveling south on the northbound 14 near Escondido Canyon in Agua Dulce struck a total of eight vehicles before coming to a stop. The driver of the vehicle – a 54-year-old man from Canyon Country – also narrowly missed two California Highway Patrol officers attending to another auto accident on the shoulder.
According to reports from the Los Angeles County Fire Department and the CHP, 13 victims were injured in the crash, three of whom sustained critical injuries. Thanks in part to the quick response of the nearby CHP officers, injured victims were quickly attended to and taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Santa Clarita and Antelope Valley Hospital. Northbound lanes were shut down for more than two hours and southbound traffic was considerably slowed.
According to the CHP's report, the driver of the white pickup truck was traveling nearly 85 miles per hour when he first struck a Dodge pickup head-on, igniting a chain reaction that totaled an additional seven vehicles and left 13 victims injured. Sobriety tests were administered at the scene of the accident before the suspect was transported to the hospital. Later that night, officers booked the man into Los Angeles County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence. CHP officers reported that the man exhibited signs of being under the influence of methamphetamine.
DUI Accidents, Multi-Vehicle Accidents & Victims' Rights
Yesterday's horrific collision illustrates the ever-present dangers Southland residents face on public roads and highways. As heavily dependent as we are on motor vehicle transportation, highways and freeways throughout the region – such as the 14 – are clogged with drivers at seemingly all times, and even more so during morning and afternoon rush hour traffic. Heavy congestion and high speeds – just as in the case of this pileup – continually prove to be a recipe for disaster. When one collision occurs, the inability of other drivers to stop or avoid the accident in time frequently sets off a domino effect, thereby causing devastating multi-vehicle accidents and numerous injuries.
Victims who have been injured in accidents involving multiple parties face significant difficulties when pursuing compensation for their injuries. Among these, determining who can be held at fault and liable for damages is a matter no law enforcement officer or insurance adjuster finds easy. By obtaining the assistance of proven, experienced, and resourceful car accident lawyers, injured victims can gain the benefit of working with a team that has the manpower and willingness to conduct in-depth investigations and explore all potential causes of an accident.
When a cause can be determined, injured victims will also benefit from bold representation that focuses on securing full and fair compensation to recover all applicable physical, emotional, and financial damages. In this particular case, the fact that the man may have been driving under the influence of a controlled substance serves to highlight an act of extreme negligence and carelessness. Cases involving impaired driving may also permit victims the opportunity to recover punitive damages – a form of exemplary damages that serve to further punish wrongdoers for gross acts of negligence and misconduct. Highlighting the negligence of at-fault drivers is crucial to obtaining a full recovery of victims' damages, and it is one of our primary goals at Accident Attorneys.
If you or your loved one has suffered damages in a multi-vehicle accident, or in an accident caused by an impaired driver, place your trust and your case in the hands of a legal team that has more than 75 years of combined experience. Learn more about your rights and how our firm can help by contacting an Antelope Valley car accident lawyer from Accident Attorneys.