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Los Angeles, CA – Fatal Tractor-Trailer Accident on I-5

Los Angeles, CA (January 07, 2021) – One person was killed on Monday, January 4th after a tractor-trailer flipped over on Interstate 5 just north of Los Angeles.

The accident occurred at about 12:35 p.m. in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 in the area of Whitaker Summit, in between Pyramid Lake and Castaic when a Wal-Mart tractor-trailer, fully loaded, went off the righthand side of the interstate and fell 50 feet down an embankment. 

One person was pronounced dead at the scene. A second victim sustained injuries during the accident and was transported via ambulance to a local hospital. 

Neither the identity of the fatal victim nor the identity of the injured party has been released.

Two northbound lanes were shut down well into the evening as police conducted an investigation.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family in hopes of a full recovery.

Fatal Tractor-Trailer Accidents in Los Angeles

Tractor-trailers are an indispensable part of California’s economy, transporting an incalculable amount of goods between states. Tractor-trailers, however, also have the potential to be very unpredictable roadway companions. Each year, several thousand avoidable accidents involving tractor-trailers and other oversized commercial transport vehicles take place on highways across the nation. These accidents typically cause severe injuries to their victims.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, California is ranked in the top 10 for states with the most tractor-trailer accidents and that rate continues to increase with every passing year. Crash fatalities involving tractor-trailers in California have risen by 42% over the last decade, the majority of which take place on I-10, I-715, and I-5, I-10, and I-715 and in Los Angeles County.

Losing a person that you love is always a shocking and heartbreaking event but when someone you love is killed during an accident that could have been avoided and was caused by the negligent or reckless behavior of another person, the psychological trauma and anguish are that much stronger. While your loved one’s life will be over in an instant, your grief and suffering will not be. 

If you have lost somebody you love in a fatal vehicle collision, the California wrongful death attorneys at AgnewBrusavich can help. We have the skill and the determination that you need on your side in order to obtain the maximum amount of financial compensation allowed by the state’s personal injury laws. 

With a comprehensive and thorough knowledge of California’s judicial system, our distinguished personal injury attorneys recognize the work that goes into developing a profitable California car accident claim. We have gained our respected reputations as one of the best personal injury firms in the state by putting our clients first.

If you have suffered the tragic loss of someone you love because of the negligence or recklessness of another person, then we strongly advise you to consult with a dedicated California personal injury attorney by calling (310) 928-9081 and scheduling an appointment for a free, no-obligation evaluation of your California wrongful death claim and advice on what legal actions are best for your circumstances.

Note: AgnewBrusavich has created these posts with the use of secondary sources. The information contained in these posts has not been independently verified by our firm. Please contact our firm as soon as possible if any information appears to be inaccurate. We will immediately make the necessary corrections.

Disclaimer: Our firm is providing this post for general information and to help the public avoid similar situations, but also prepare them should they find themselves a victim. We strive to honor those who have been victims of accidents in Southern California. Victims should seek assistance from legal or medical professionals and not view this post as any type of legal or medical advice. The photos depicted in these posts are not representative of the actual accident scene.



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