A couple of pickup trucks collided recently in Los Angeles, California on Highway 10. The wreck occurred in the early morning hours (around 4:50 a.m.) but little else is known about the crash. People were injured in the wreck, but the number of people hurt and the extent of the injuries were not disclosed. Furthermore, it is unclear why the accident occurred in the first place. Debris from the trucks was strewn over Highway 10 and the highway reopened about an hour after the crash.
There are a couple of factors we want to highlight from this story. The first is the time of the accident, and what that could mean in relation to the cause of the wreck.
At 4:50 a.m., there could have been a number of things that caused either of the drivers to get into this accident. They could have been intoxicated. They could have been tired, sleepy, or fatigued in some way that limited their ability to drive or to recognize a change in the flow of traffic. They could have been using their cellphones. Or it could have been the true definition of an accident. Obviously any factor that is deemed negligent could open the at-fault driver up to liability.
The other factor here is the debris from the trucks. Debris from a car accident or the cargo of a vehicle can become a central piece of the investigation into a car accident. Semi trucks, for example, can tip over because of imbalanced or exceedingly heavy cargo.
Source: Los Angeles Daily News, “2 pickups crash on 10 Freeway, leaving debris on both sides of roadway,” July 10, 2017