Several people were injured in an 11-car pileup on the I-280 in San Francisco on the morning of March 22.
According to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle, the crash was caused by motorists who were driving too quickly with the sun’s glare in their eyes. California Highway Patrol warned in a Facebook message that the changing seasons could bring different conditions for which drivers should be prepared following the freeway crash.
Speeding Played a Part in 11-Car Pileup
Daylight savings time just began last week. After the clocks change, the sun will be in a different place in the sky than during your commute just a couple of weeks ago. Officials are urging motorists to be sure that they are driving at a safe speed and prepared for changing conditions regardless of the weather. The position of the sun definitely played a role in this 11-car pileup.
This particular accident occurred on the I-280 northbound south of Ocean Avenue, near San Francisco. Drivers in 11 cars were involved in the wreck. The collision caused damage to a number of vehicles and several injuries, though no one suffered life-threatening injuries.
It is a relief that no one suffered critical injuries in this car accident. An 11-car pileup has the potential to cause significant damage and danger to drivers, particularly with the speed that cars are traveling at on the freeway. Even injuries classified as “minor” or “moderate” can result in significant consequences for individuals, such as being unable to work for several weeks and losing income. People are also looking at medical bills and potential rehabilitation costs, which could add up very quickly.
Laws and Liability Issues
California Vehicle Code Section 22350 (Basic Speed Law) states: “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic and on surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.”
In cases where a number of vehicles and parties are involved, such as this 11-car pileup, it can be a challenge to determine fault and liability. If you have been injured in such a crash, or another kind of personal injury in or near San Francisco, it is important that you file a police report and obtain a copy for your records. Secure prompt medical attention and care for your injuries. Contact an experienced San Francisco car accident lawyer who will analyze all aspects of the incident and help ensure that the victims’ legal rights and best interests are protected.