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Cause of complex car-truck accident eludes investigators

An early-morning truck accident in Pancoima on Friday, April 17, 2015 involved a second truck and four other vehicles, and one person was killed in the pile-up. The truly unusual aspect of the story, however, is the difficulty investigators have experienced in reconstructing the sequence and cause of the collisions.

The accident occurred at about 6:30 a.m. when the driver of a big rig that was eastbound on the 210 Freeway lost control of his vehicle. The vehicle veered to the right and slid down an embankment to the Paxton Street off-ramp. The truck collided with a Nissan Maxima and a Ford Explorer that were parked on Paxton Street. The truck then hit a Chevrolet Silverado pickup heading south on Paxton Street. One of these vehicles - police are not certain which one - collided with a large dump truck. The driver of the dump truck lost control and ended up lying across the northbound lane. The driver of the pickup was killed, but the passenger suffered only minor injuries. The other drivers, including the driver of the truck that began the accident, suffered minor injuries.

According one police officer who spent seven hours on the scene, the number of vehicles involved and the chaotic accident scene have hindered the police investigation. They have not yet determined why the driver of the semi lost control of his truck and the exact sequence in which the various vehicles were hit.

Persons who have been injured in a multi-vehicle accident or who have lost a loved one in such an accident obviously want compensation for their injuries or their losses, but they cannot identify the responsible party. In such cases, consulting a lawyer who frequently handles such cases can be helpful. Experienced accident attorneys can hire expert investigators and accident reconstruction specialists to discover the responsible party or parties. These lawyers can also provide an evaluation of the case and an estimate of the probability of succeeding if a lawsuit is deemed necessary.

Source: Los Angeles Daily News, "1 killed in crash involving 2 big rigs, several other cars in Pacoima,"

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