High winds kicked up dust all throughout the Antelope Valley this past week. As a result, visibility on the freeways was low, and there were multiple crashes in the area. The heavy, car-tossing winds and the thick clouds of dust created a dangerous commute for many Antelope Valley residents.
ABC 7 reports that about 20 vehicles were involved in crashes on the 14 freeway over the course of the week. CBS Local reports a 20-car pile-up and about 18 dust-related accidents. Authorities report that at least five people have been injured in the crashes and taken to area hospitals. All of the injured individuals have reported non-life-threatening injuries.
After the crashes, the authorities closed all freeway lanes from Avenue A to Avenue F in Lancaster. Dozens of vehicles were stopped on the freeway and their passengers were stranded in the cars as they waited for visibility to improve. At some points during the dust storm, drivers reported almost zero visibility.
One Lancaster resident says that the thick dust covered his windshield and the wipers could not remove it before another cloud would gather. He said that he could not see in front of him, and felt it would be wiser to stop then to try to navigate in nearly blinding conditions.
The strong winds blew dust and sand all across the Antelope Valley and a high wind warning was in effect from Monday until 9 p.m. on Wednesday. Weather reporters claim that the winds reached speeds up to 50 mph in parts of the valley.
The National Weather Service says that the high winds will continue until later today (Thursday.) The winds also resulted in a quarter-acre grass fire in the area. Thankfully, firefighters were able to eliminate the fire shortly after it started. The strong winds also caused damage to some buildings and property. One Lancaster resident reports that a tree fell in front of his home, and knocked in part of the roof.
The National Weather Service says that drivers should continue to be careful driving today, as crosswinds can often knock over high profile vehicles ore trailers. Semi-trucks with high trailers on the back and camping or hauling trailers can catch the wind and flip onto their sides, causing a serious crash. If you have been injured in a crash due to dust storms in the area, then you need an Antelope Valley personal injury attorney on your side promptly.
At Accident Attorneys, we have over 30 years of experience serving residents of the Antelope Valley with their car accident claims. We can come visit you at the hospital or at your home if that is more convenient. We want you to recover from your injuries while we take care of the logistics of your law suit. If you want to learn whether or not you have a claim, you can make an appointment with the firm today and set up a free consultation. Our Antelope Valley attorneys will let you know whether or not we think you have a legitimate claim.
With the right attorney there to help you, you will be able to effectively seek compensation from a party at-fault. For example, if you were parked on the side waiting for the visibility to improve, and were hit by a driver that failed attempted to drive in the dust storm, then you have the right to seek compensation from this motorist.
This is because he did not wait for the storm to pass and his negligence caused an accident. You may be able to get compensation for your medical bills, property damage, and even the additional pain and suffering from the accident. Talk to an attorney at Accident Attorneys today if you want more information!