• May 10, 2022

One Injured in Crash with Semi-Trailer on S Alameda Street in Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA -- May 7, 2022, one person was injured when their vehicle became wedged under a semi-trailer on South Alameda Street in southern Los Angeles.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 11:00 p.m. on the 19000 block of South Alameda. The cause of the crash isn't known, but news footage from the scene shows a BMW passenger vehicle driven deep underneath the side of a big rig.

The BMW driver was rescued by emergency personnel and was transported to an area hospital with unspecified injuries. No other injuries were reported.

The accident remains under investigation. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on 18-Wheeler Accident on South Alameda St in Los Angeles

Right now there isn't much information available about how this wreck happened. Responders found the car under the side of the truck's trailer; did one driver or the other fail to yield at an intersection? Were they both paying attention to their surroundings? Were both vehicles in good working order? Could anything realistically have been done to avoid this crash or at least lessen the damage? What was the weather like at the time? Is that area well-lit at night? Did both vehicles have their lights on? Were they visible to one another?

Obviously with so few details it's not right to point any fingers or jump to conclusions. I asked the questions above (just a handful of many that still need answers) because I want to be sure all the relevant details are known. Police investigations tend to limit themselves mostly to a rough sketch of what happened and whether anybody broke the law in the process. While that's useful information it rarely digs deep enough. That can be problematic for a victim if they believe the truck driver was at fault, since the driver's company is unlikely to accept that without a fight.

The best way to prove what really happened is to find enough clear evidence that there's no room for excuses. If police don't plan to dig that deep, an independent investigation may be more helpful to the victim.

One Injured in Crash with Semi-Trailer on S Alameda Street in Los Angeles, CA

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