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Tanker Truck Overturn Closes I-5 Northbound Lanes for 22 Hours

A tanker truck recently overturned on I-5, spilling roughly 10 gallons of fuel. Although there were no casualties, the northbound lanes of the 5 Freeway were completely closed for 11 hours, leading to massive traffic back-ups.

The accident occurred around 7 a.m. near Los Feliz Boulevard, in the Griffith Park area of Atwater Village. The tanker truck’s driver apparently attempted to avoid a vehicle stopped in front of him, according to the California Highway Patrol. The attempt overturned the truck.

The tanker was carrying approximately 7,500 gallons of fuel. A hazardous material crew was summoned and placed sand around the 10-gallon spill so it wouldn’t spread across the freeway.

The freeway lanes were opened again a bit before 10 p.m.

Assessing Responsibility in a Truck Accident

Fortunately, no one was injured or killed in the accident. But 361 people did die in California in an accident involving a large truck during 2017 (the last year for which statistics are available), according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The incident on Los Feliz Boulevard does illustrate how potentially dangerous truck accidents can be. They are much larger and heavier than cars, so damage to people, property, and roadways can be much more extensive than with accidents involving smaller vehicles. Big rigs carry enormous amounts of fuel, the spillage of which can cause fire or make roadways hard to navigate.

Finally, trucks overturn far more frequently than smaller vehicles do. The overturn itself can be dangerous, both to the driver and passersby. Trucks can overturn because of improper driving, speeding, or wet roads. But they can also overturn because:

  • The cargo has been loaded improperly
  • The rig has not been properly maintained
  • Manufacturing error
  • Multiple other reasons having nothing to do with driver error

Everyone driving on Southern California’s roads owes a duty of care to other drivers. They need to follow laws and regulations. If they do not, it’s referred to as a breach of care. They can be judged responsible for causing an accident, and thus liable for injuries and deaths.

In the case of a truck accident, the trucking company may be responsible if the truck wasn’t properly maintained or loaded. Trucking companies frequently subcontract out loading or maintenance duties as well, so subcontractors can also bear responsibility.

If Your Need a Truck Accident Lawyer in Los Angeles

If you or a loved one has been killed in a truck accident in the Los Angeles area, you may be entitled to compensation for bills related to medical treatment, wages missed due to your injury, and pain and suffering, in addition to possible future medical bills and potential loss of earning potential.

Our first consultation to review and discuss your case is always free. We are vigilant in the pursuit of justice. Call Ellis Law Corporation today!

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Patron Describes Hearing Pop, Seeing Roped-Off Area in Lucky Lady Casino Before Accident

In the Hospital Sick Male Patient Sleeps on the Bed. Heart Rate Monitor Equipment is on His Finger.

A frequent patron of Larry Flynt’s Lucky Lady casino in Gardena told KTLA5 that he heard a loud pop from the ceiling the day before a large portion of the roof collapsed on Monday, July 15, injuring 11 people. Seven of them were hospitalized.

The patron, who was not identified, said the noise was sufficiently disturbing that he left the casino for the day. He returned the next day and said that a sizeable area of the poker floor was roped off. He apparently overheard the statement “one day the roof is going to come in on here.” After he heard the statement, he walked around and then saw “the whole roof start coming down, up to where they had it taped off at.”

The collapse left a 25 feet by 15 feet hole in the roof.

The patron further pointed out to reporters that apparently no casino personnel were in the roped-off area, on any level.

Building Remains Closed Pending Investigation Results

The casino, on West Rosecrans Boulevard, remains closed. The casino is owned by the Flynt Management Group. A spokesperson said that the full extent of the damage was still being determined. It was not clear when the casino would reopen.

Officials are still investigating the cause of the accident as well. Observers indicated that two large units sat on top of the roof in the affected area prior to the collapse, but it was not clear if they were causal factors.

Premises Liability and the Law

Businesses open to the public, such as casinos and hotels, have a duty to make their premises safe for visitors and patrons. The law is very clear: premises not only must be safe but if events occur to make a building or portions of it unsafe, the owners must rectify the situation as soon as possible. They also have a duty to warn the public about the lack of safety.

Businesses sometimes do not live up to their responsibility. They may forgo routine maintenance, ignoring warning signs, neglect the property, or not have appropriate management in place to see and fix problems.

The law also provides that any problem with safety must be such that a “reasonable person” would have recognized it.

Ellis Law continues to monitor the events that occurred at the Lucky Lady Casino in Garden. We will continue to report on breaking news as the investigation proceeds.

If you or a loved one has been hurt on someone else’s property, including in a public space like a casino, please get in touch with a Gardena personal injury lawyer at Ellis Injury Law right away. You may be able to seek compensation for medical bills, wages missed due to your injury and its treatment, and pain and suffering, in addition to future medical bills and loss of earning potential. The law is meant to protect victims of negligence, and our experienced personal injury attorneys will fight to see justice done.

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Casino Roof Collapse in Gardena Injures 11

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Around 10 a.m. on Monday, July 15, a roof collapse at Larry Flynt’s Lucky Lady casino on West Rosecrans Ave. in Gardena injured eleven people. Most suffered minor injuries, though at least one victim was more seriously hurt. According to the county fire department, seven people were transported to local hospitals. Pictures from the scene showed debris scattered across gaming tables, and a water leak was also reported.

At the moment, the cause of the roof collapse is unclear. The L.A. County Fire Department is investigating the structure to determine what went wrong and to assess the building’s fitness for occupancy.

Property owners have a responsibility to maintain public safety

Businesses like casinos make a lot of money in and around Los Angeles, and they have a duty to provide a reasonably safe space for their visitors and gamers. Unfortunately, not every business lives up to that responsibility. Sometimes routine maintenance is skipped in order to save money or time. Other times, poor management or simple neglect is to blame for putting innocent people at risk of structural failures and other unsafe conditions.

Ellis Law is monitoring the events that transpired at Lucky Lady Casino and closely following all reports as they are released from the scene of the roof collapse in Gardena. We will continue to report on all developments as the investigation continues.

If you’ve been hurt on someone else’s property, including in a public space such as a casino, in Gardena or anywhere in Los Angeles County, please contact the personal injury lawyers at Ellis Injury Law right away. You may be able to seek compensation for medical bills, missed paychecks, and pain and suffering, as well as future medical bills and loss of earning potential. The law is designed to protect victims of negligence, but you’ll need a talented attorney in your corner.

Schedule a free consultation today

Meeting with a personal injury attorney from Ellis Law won’t cost you a thing. We offer free consultations to anyone who is considering taking legal action after sustaining serious injuries. Our experienced team will examine the details of your accident, calculate a fair compensation figure, and help you decide what next steps to take.

If you engage our legal services, we can get to work right away on your case with no upfront fees. At Ellis Law Corporation, we do not take our fee unless we recover compensation for you. Seek the justice you deserve and let us fight for your rights.

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Four Dead as Two Motorcycles Crash Head On

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Four people were killed over the Fourth of July weekend as two motorcycles collided head-on in Silverado Canyon. The crash occurred on July 7 as a Harley Davidson traveling north attempted to pass a car at a bend in the road, swerved over the double yellow lines and crashed into a Honda motorcycle traveling south, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). CHP officials termed the accident “one of the worst we’ve seen.”

The collision happened on East Santiago Canyon Road, just south of Lake Irvine at approximately 4:30 p.m. The victims were identified as Regina Michelle Crowder, who was 48 and lived in Fountain Valley; Jon Michael Schwarz, who was 50 and lived in Tustin; David Mark Terman, who was 59 and lived in of Santa Ana; and Edith Mae Hegy, 62, of Elko, Nevada. All were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

The CHP emphasized to motorists the dangers of trying to pass a vehicle on a blind curve. Warning signs are posted about the danger of collisions in the area.

Liability in Motorcycle Accidents

The July 7 accident in Orange County is a sobering reminder of how important it is to drive safely. CHP reports indicate that one motorcyclist attempted to pass on a blind curve – in other words, before the driver could have known whether anything was up ahead. It is imperative that drivers never make any moves when they can’t tell what they will find ahead of them. It should never be assumed that the road will be clear if you can’t see it. In addition, the driver apparently swerved into the lane with oncoming traffic. Both errors cost the life of multiple people, according to reports.

All drivers need to follow basic traffic safety principles as well as all applicable laws about operating a vehicle. Those principles include ensuring your visibility at all times – and not making a move if you don’t have visibility.

If accidents happen as a result of a driver disobeying traffic safety principles or the law, that driver is responsible and can be liable for deaths or injuries that result.

While all drivers need to operate their vehicles with safety in mind, motorcycle accidents can be particularly dangerous. Motorcyclists are unprotected compared to car and other vehicle drivers, and their injuries in the case of a crash can be severe. Indeed, all too many motorcycle crashes are fatal.

Do You Need a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Los Angeles?

If you or a loved one have been hurt or killed in a motorcycle accident in Southern California, contact an attorney at our firm to discuss your case. At Ellis Law Corporation, we have been fighting for the rights of victims of accidents for more than 20 years. Our initial consultation is always free.

Call us today at 1-800-INJURED to speak with a courteous and knowledgeable Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer.

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Los Angeles Woman Injured in Crash with Ambulance

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The Harbor Gateway area of Los Angeles was the scene of a serious accident on Saturday, June 29th, 2019. The driver of a totaled sedan had to be extricated from her vehicle by firefighters using heavy equipment. The unidentified woman was taken to a hospital in critical condition, although she was conscious and communicative. There were reportedly no passengers. Also injured in the crash were multiple paramedic firefighters, who were taken to a local hospital in unknown condition. It was unclear exactly how many people were injured in the crash.

Cause of the ambulance-sedan crash still under investigation

The accident happened at around 6:43 p.m. at 223rd Street and Normandie Avenue. According to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Melissa Podany, the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) ambulance was headed north on Normandie. The driver of the sedan was headed west on 223rd Street. Officer Podany told the press that, “Independent witnesses have stated that the ambulance had the green light,” and the driver of the sedan ran a red light.

At the time of the crash, the ambulance was traveling at a normal speed. It did not have its emergency lights or siren turned on. It’s still unclear exactly what caused the crash, though it’s safe to assume the police investigators are considering whether the driver of the sedan may have been driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or driving while distracted. It’s not known if she lost control of the vehicle prior to the crash.

Not long after the first crash, the same intersection saw another accident involving an emergency vehicle. Shortly after 1 a.m. on Sunday, a driver struck the front of a Los Angeles police patrol vehicle that had been parked at the accident scene. There was an officer inside the vehicle, who was taken to the hospital in stable condition. The driver was taken into custody, suspected of DUI.

Common liability issues involving ambulances

In any vehicular accident case, a personal injury lawyer can assess the facts and the evidence to understand the liability issues involved. In legal terms, liability refers to which party was at fault for the accident. The party who was not at fault for the crash may decide to file a lawsuit to secure compensation if a fair settlement offer is not forthcoming.

In general, an ambulance with its emergency sirens and lights activated has the right of way on a road. Ambulances may exceed the speed limit and go through red lights, although drivers of ambulances are still expected to exercise necessary and reasonable caution to avoid inflicting harm on others. An ambulance driver who engages in needlessly reckless actions behind the wheel might be held liable for a crash. However, if the driver of an ordinary vehicle fails to slow down, pull over, and yield right of way to an ambulance with its emergency lights on, that driver might be found at fault for an accident.

Los Angeles personal injury lawyers protect your legal interests

With a successful track record of securing more than $350 million in settlements for our clients, the personal injury lawyers at Ellis Injury Law are committed to protecting the legal rights and interests of injured victims throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Our legal team handles all types of accident cases, including accidents involving emergency vehicles. Call us today to request your consultation. There’s never a fee unless we secure compensation on your behalf.

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San Dimas Crash Snarls Traffic

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A two-vehicle crash in San Dimas on June 20 backed up traffic as CalTrans waited for a tow truck and other personnel to arrive. Video footage of the crash showed that the front of at least one vehicle was severely crumpled. It was not immediately known whether there were any injuries. At least one family appeared to be waiting on the side of the road, according to news reports.

The accident occurred on EB 210 at Lone Hill Avenue in San Dimas.

Vehicle crashes are a significant cause of injury and death throughout the U.S. Roughly 2 million people are injured every year in traffic accidents, and over 32,000 people are killed, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The death rate from vehicle crashes in the U.S. is more than double the rate in other countries with a high standard of living.

What to Do in the Aftermath of a Crash

Being in a traffic collision can be frightening and disorienting. As can be seen from initial news reports on the San Dimas crash, it sometimes takes time for emergency responders and police to arrive.

While it isn’t possible at this point to know who or what was responsible for the San Ditmas crash, there are steps that people in a traffic collision should always take. First, call the police. All accidents should have a police report that establishes the facts of the crash. The police will notify emergency responders if there are any injuries requiring an ambulance. If there are, they need to be seen to immediately.

It’s also important to take pictures of the scene and any injuries. If you should want to talk to an attorney about filing a lawsuit to recover damages from the effects of a crash, you will need evidence of those damages, whether to yourself, a passenger, a bystander, or the car or other property. If you have a smartphone, take multiple pictures.

Exchange insurance and contact information with any other driver.

Who Is Liable?

Liability in a vehicle accident can rest with the person who caused the accident. All drivers need to drive responsibly and obey laws and safety rules.

However, accidents are not always caused by human error. Accidents can have multiple other causes, including vehicle malfunction, condition of the roadways and more. A thorough investigation, as well as the police report, is sometimes required to assess the causes of an accident.

If You Need a Car Accident Attorney in Southern California

If you or a loved one have been hurt or killed in a car accident in the Los Angeles area, contact an attorney at Ellis Injury Law to discuss your case. Our lawyers work with teams of experienced investigators to establish the causes of an accident.

We will fight to see that justice is done, just as we have for over two decades. We offer a complimentary initial consultation.  

Call an experienced car accident lawyer today at 1-800-INJURED.

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Two Killed, Five Injured in Multi-Vehicle Accident


Two people were killed and five injured in a multi-vehicle accident on June 12. One of the injured, a 15-year-old, was in critical condition. The accident took place on the 71 Freeway in Chino Hills, near Butterfield Ranch Road, around 8:15 a.m.

A box truck in the southbound lanes apparently rear-ended a sedan initially. The impact overturned the truck and sent it across several lanes. A pileup totaling seven vehicles ensued. The two fatalities and critically injured person were all in the same car.

Video shows that one vehicle was crushed underneath the overturned truck, and several others were severely damaged.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is still investigating the cause of the accident. At the scene, the cause was unclear, as there were no skid marks. The driver of the truck will be interviewed.

Who Is Liable in a Truck Accident in Southern California

Who is liable in a multi-vehicle accident? The Chino Hills pileup is still under investigation, so news of the causes – and thus the responsibility for the crash – is still to come. But some general comments on multi-vehicle accidents can be made.

Truck accidents, in particular, can have very complicated causes. The fault may rest with one factor or a combination of factors. Driver error, such as going too fast or braking too quickly, is sometimes the cause of a truck’s striking another vehicle and overturning. But that can be caused by many other factors as well. If a truck is improperly maintained, the brakes or other devices may not be in shape to ensure proper handling or safety. If a truck is improperly loaded, both its balance and the ability of the driver to handle it can be negatively impacted. There are multiple other factors that might be at play.

In addition, trucking companies often employ contractors and subcontractors to maintain and load their vehicles. Errors on the part of these third parties could involve them in liability for the crash.

Pileup accidents can have multiple causes as well. Drivers may be going too fast or be distracted and may fail to notice the need to stop in time. Mechanical malfunctions can also be at fault, as can a host of other factors, including road conditions and weather.

If You Need a Vehicle Accident Lawyer in the Los Angeles Area

If you or a loved one have been hurt or killed in a truck accident or a car accident in the Los Angeles area, it’s a very good idea to discuss the matter with a seasoned attorney. Attorneys work with investigators to determine any fault.

The Ellis Injury Law firm has been protecting the rights of the injured in southern California for more than 20 years. Our initial consultation is always free.

Call us today at 1-800-INJURED.

Additional Resources:

  1. McMillan, Rob and staff. 2 killed after box truck overturns on 71 Freeway in Chino Hills. June 13, 2019.
  2. MSN. 2 Killed, Teen Critically Injured In Multi-Car Pileup On 71 Freeway In Chino Hills.

Motorcyclist Dies After Collision With Audi Convertible

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A motorcyclist died at the scene of a crash after the driver of an Audi convertible collided with his motorcycle in North Hollywood, at an intersection of Vineland Avenue and Vanowen Street. The motorcyclist, who was stopped at a red light, was thrown approximately 100 feet due to the impact.

The Audi then crashed into roughly three cars parked near the scene. At least one, a Toyota SUV, was turned on its side. Debris littered the area.

The motorcyclist was a male, believed to be in his mid-20s. His identity has not yet been released. The Audi’s driver, who was 24 years old, was hospitalized, but news of her injuries was not reported immediately. Authorities are considering filing criminal charges.

The crash occurred at roughly 5:30 a.m.

Liability in a Motorcycle Accident

Who is liable in a motorcycle accident? Although the recent collision between a motorcyclist and the driver of a car is still under investigation, some general comments on motorcycle accidents can be made.

Drivers of all vehicles are responsible for following all traffic laws and principles of safe driving, all the time. Any driver, of any vehicle, who violates laws or principles of safe driving can be held liable for causing an accident if the accident stems from those violations.

Running a red light, for example, is always the fault of the driver who ran it, whether the driver is behind the wheel of a car or sitting on a motorcycle. The only exception is if mechanical or other malfunction rendered the car unable to stop, despite the driver’s efforts. If that is the case, the manufacturer or other responsible party might be liable for the accident.

Unfortunately motorcyclists can be subject to much more harm in the case of an accident, because motorcycles are both smaller and less protected than cars and other vehicles. While motorcyclists are required to wear helmets in California, an accident like the one in early June can be fatal even if a motorcyclist is wearing a helmet.

If You Need a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Los Angeles

Have you or a loved one been injured in a motorcycle accident in southern California? It’s wise to talk to an experienced attorney. We can look into the wreck and determine fault, utilizing forensic experts, crash resconstructionists and licensed investigators. We have been fighting for the rights of the injured for over 20 years.

Call the experienced Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyers at the Ellis Law Firm today. The initial consultation is free. We win 99% of the cases we take on, and there is no cost to you unless we win you money!

Additional Resources:

  1. Motorcyclist killed in crash with car on North Hollywood street. Los Angeles Daily News. June 6, 2019.
  2. Medina, Mekahlo and Jonathan Lloyd. “Motorcyclist Killed in Crash With Audi That Slammed Into Row of Parked Cars.” NBC News Los Angeles. June 6, 2019.

17 Fatal Crashes, 973 DUI Arrests Over Memorial Day Weekend in California

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It was a deadly Memorial Day weekend in California. Seventeen deadly crashes took the lives of 21 people, according to California Highway Patrol. Despite the sobriety checkpoints and ramped-up enforcement on California roadways, eight people died in the first six hours of the weekend.

LA Ties Houston For The Deadliest City for Holiday Driving

Memorial Day marks the beginning of the “100 deadliest days of summer,” which runs through Labor Day. The combination of holiday partying and travel proves dangerous for California drivers. Over past Labor Day weekends, over a third of all crashes were caused by intoxicated drivers, according to the NHTSA. 

Memorial Day weekend is the #1 most dangerous holiday for driving nationwide. Motorists and their passengers are four times as likely to die in a crash than a regular weekend, according to a recent study compiling data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. From 2011 to 2015, there were 312 fatal accidents, compared to 308 over Labor Day weekend and 307 over the Fourth of July.

The dubious distinction of “Deadliest City for Holiday Travel” was tied between Houston, Texas and Los Angeles, California. Houston ranked worst for Memorial Day, July 4th, and New Year’s, while Los Angeles was most dangerous for travelers over Labor Day, Easter, and Thanksgiving. San Antonio, Texas was the most dangerous city for Christmas drivers.

More Traffic Means More Accidents, But Are They Blameless?

With a forecasted 34.6 million Americans driving more than 50 miles over this Memorial Day weekend (the highest number since 2005), a few traffic accidents were inevitable. At this time last year, 43 people were injured in alcohol-related collisions, representing 25% of all crash injuries, according to Los Angeles police. Drug-impaired driving accidents are on the rise in California as well, adds the LAPD.

However, many of these holiday deaths are preventable. More than half of those killed this Memorial Day weekend were not wearing seatbelts. While the causes are still under investigation, alcohol ends up a factor in many of the fatal crashes. California Highway Patrol made 973 DUI arrests from Friday through midnight Monday.

Among those involved in accidents this weekend:

  • A 24-year-old Selma man was  thrown from his 1996 Toyota Tacoma and killed in a rollover on Clovis Ave, east of Malaga around 6:38 a.m. The man was not wearing a seatbelt, officers said.
  • A 21-year-old San Jose man was killed in a single-car accident on Highway 101 southbound at Hellyer Avenue. The driver was arrested on DUI and vehicular manslaughter charges.
  • Five people were injured in a fiery collision on El Camino Real in Menlo Park. One of the drivers was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
  • A man suffered major injuries, requiring transport by helicopter, after a car struck him on Highway 4 and Bixler Road in Discovery Bay. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Where To Find A Los Angeles Car Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one were involved in one of California’s serious or fatal Memorial Day accidents, then you need the best possible legal representation for your claim. Ellis Injury Law is a leading personal injury firm in Los Angeles. Over the past 20 years, we’ve secured over $350 million for our personal injury clients. Even if you’re not 100% sure what happened, let our team of skilled investigators get to the bottom of it. It costs nothing upfront to have a car accident attorney review your case. Contact us to learn more about filing a claim for compensation to cover medical bills and wage losses. In the worst cases, we can recover funeral and burial costs for grieving family members who have lost a loved one.

Big Rig Crash in East LA Closes All Lanes on Northbound 5 Freeway

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A big rig crash closed all lanes of the northbound 5 Freeway late on Sunday, May 19. The lanes remained closed into early Monday morning. The truck was laying on its side near Indiana Street. It was not immediately clear what caused the accident, although a center divider was demolished and was among the material that had to be cleared from the freeway lanes.

Several cars were also involved. California Highway Patrol (CHP) indicated that the causes and extent of the crash was still under investigation. It was not known initially if there were any injuries.

Trucks a Danger on Freeways

It was the second in several months that a truck accident closed a major Southern California freeway. A tanker-truck carrying 9,400 gallons of liquid propane also hit a divider and overturned on the 405 Freeway in early March. Fortunately, none of the liquid spilled and the driver sustained minor injuries.

Who Is Responsible for a Truck Accident?

Accidents involving big rigs and other large trucks are common on California’s freeways and other roads. In both these accidents, the causes have not yet been determined. But some words on liability for a truck accident generally can be offered.

Liability for truck accidents is extremely complex, because many elements and factors can cause a major truck accident. A single factor or several different factors could be responsible. A truck that is improperly loaded with cargo, for example, can become unbalanced and turn over as a result. Many trucking firms hire outside contractors to load. Driving speed that is too fast can also cause truck crashes, because braking too sharply can overturn a large vehicle.

Improper servicing of safety equipment such as brakes can also be a cause, and servicing is also often subcontracted out. In short, trucking accidents need to be investigated to determine what or who was responsible for the crash.

Our Los Angeles Truck Accident Attorneys Work for Justice

If you or a loved one has been injured in a big rig accident, a Southern California truck accident lawyer at Ellis Law Corporation can help.

Our lawyers have been successfully handling cases involving serious truck accident injuries for more than 20 years. For a complimentary review of your case, please call today. We will fight to see that justice is done.

Additional Resources:

  1. Olson, Marc. “Big-rig crash on 5 Freeway closes lanes in East L.A. for more than 3 hours.” Los Angeles Times. May 19, 2019.
  2. The Latest: LA Interstate Reopens After Crash Scene Cleared. US News and World Report. May 10, 2019.