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A fatal semi truck accident on I-80 in the high Sierra caused a complete shut down on March 18, 2011. The big rig accident was said to be caused by whiteout snow conditions, resulting in a multi-vehicle crash. In total, the accident involved 6 big rigs and over 40 automobiles.
Sgt. Curtis Fouyer from the California Highway Patrol said the big rig rolled over several cars during the pile up. Unfortunately, the multi vehicle accident turned fatal as one motorist was killed when he stepped out of his truck. More than a dozen motorists were hospitalized with personal injuries, making this one of the worst California semi truck accidents of the season.
The pile up was undoubtedly started by a driver or multiple drivers failing to drive attentively in these dangerous driving conditions. The best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all, if you can avoid it. If you must drive in snowy conditions, make sure your car is prepared, and that you know how to handle road conditions. Here are some safe driving tips for snowy conditions:
The California Department of Transportation also has a winter driving tips guide to help you avoid big rig accidents like this. If you fall victim to someone else’s negligence, our Sacramento truck accident lawyers can help.
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