Chatsworth, CA (January 12, 2024) – A fatal crash involving three vehicles on the 118 Freeway triggered major delays for the Monday morning commute in Los Angeles. According to the California Highway Patrol, the crash was reported around 8:40 a.m. in LA’s Chatsworth area, just before the Topanga Canyon off-ramp.
Three vehicles, including a lumber truck, a Penske rental truck, and an SUV, were involved. Per the preliminary investigation, a person inside the Penske truck was impaled by lumber from the back of another moving truck. The crash investigation closed all westbound lanes of the 118 Freeway in the area earlier. All lanes reopened around 12:15 p.m., but the name of the victim was not released by authorities, and no other information was immediately available.
We offer our sincere condolences to the deceased victim’s family. Our thoughts are extended to the injured victims and their loved ones.
Southern California is one of the country’s most congested and dangerous places to drive. Every day, millions of vehicles flood the roads and cause traffic jams and accidents. There are many freeways in Southern California, which are essential to mobility throughout the region. It is often a preferred method for commuting because of the higher speeds that can be traveled on the freeway.
However, the higher speeds on major highways and interstates increase the risk of accidents with severe injuries since drivers have less time to react to sudden changes or emergencies. Other behaviors that often lead to accidents in California include distracted driving, texting while driving, impaired driving, fatigued driving, tailgating, and failing to follow traffic laws.
A car accident can significantly disrupt your normal life, causing new financial worries, medical expenses, vehicle repairs or replacement, and many other expenses. Many people suffer serious injuries that may take months or years to resolve or leave them with permanent disabilities.
If you’re injured in an accident, you may be worried about how you will pay for your medical care, expenses, and lost wages if you can’t work for some time. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may be entitled to compensation from those who caused the accident.
Being in a car accident is traumatizing, which doesn’t end after the accident is over. The days after a car accident can feel overwhelming. A trusted car accident lawyer can help you move past these feelings and help you regain control. There are many types of claims available for injured parties to receive compensation.
Your attorney may file negligence or liability claims against those at fault, personal injury protection or medical pay claims, uninsured or underinsured motorist claims, or even product liability claims. An experienced attorney will help you choose the best options for the circumstances of your case that will help you receive the most compensation.
If you were in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you should immediately speak to an experienced car accident lawyer at Russell & Lazarus, APC.
Contact our Chatsworth car accident lawyers at (949) 309-0990 as soon as you can to get started.
Note: This post was created through the use of secondary sources such as state and local news sources, police accident reports, social media platforms and eyewitness accounts about serious injury accidents that take place in Orange County. The facts surrounding this accident have not been independently verified; therefore, if any information is incorrect, please contact Russell & Lazarus APC, Personal Injury Lawyer, so we can update the post with the most accurate information available. We will remove this post upon request.
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