Del Mar, California – One person died on Interstate 5 Thursday morning after colliding with a semi-truck.
Officials report a Toyota pickup truck slammed into a semi-truck parked on the shoulder. The pickup driver was trapped in the wreckage for over an hour. He was declared dead at the scene.
No further details have been provided.
Semi-trucks cannot park on the side of the road when it jeopardizes the safety of others.
We see this type of accident over and over again. Trucks parked on the side of the road next to moving lanes of traffic create dangerous conditions for all motorists and routinely result in the death of passing drivers.
This is not a secret. Trucking companies know how dangerous it is to park a truck next to a moving lane of traffic. People are routinely injured and killed by this practice. Our firm is currently handling several of these same types of cases. In one, the driver parked on the left shoulder to use the bathroom, alleging a medical emergency. In another, the driver pulled to the left shoulder after a tire blowout. In another, the driver pulled to the right shoulder for a small break. The reasons are many but almost never justified.
Parking on a highway shoulder brings extreme hazards because of the relatively high speed and small size of passing vehicles compared to a stopped tractor-trailer, the lack of protection for those outside of stopped vehicles, and the tendency of autos to slide underneath semi-trailers.
That is precisely what happened in this incident.
The family of the deceased deserves answers. Their grief and loss demand transparency and accountability in understanding the circumstances leading to this fatal incident.
The Ammons Law Firm represents clients nationwide in catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation, with extensive experience in complex auto/tire defect and commercial vehicle cases.
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