Two Injured in Semi-Truck Accident on Riverside Freeway in Riverside, CA
Riverside, CA -- May 18, 2022, two people were injured due to an accident where a car and a tractor-trailer collided along Riverside Freeway.
Investigators reported that the crash took place in the area of Riverside Freeway and University Avenue Wednesday evening. Right now, the cause of the crash remains unclear. Investigators said that a semi-truck somehow rear-ended a car. Two people in the car had reportedly non-life-threatening injuries. Investigations are ongoing.
Commentary on Semi-Truck Accident at Riverside Freeway & University in Riverside
When a truck rear-ends someone on the freeway, it's usually for one of the few common possible factors. Speeding, following too closely, and distracted driving almost always end up being the culprit. But not only is it important to consider other possibilities, but it's also important to ensure all the facts are clear. Even a common factor can occur for uncommon reasons.
For example, I handled a case not long ago where a truck driver was texting and driving. Seemed pretty open-and-shut, but we found out the driver had been texting his supervisor. This supervisor would constantly call and text drivers throughout the day, and if they didn't respond right away, they'd get in trouble. Essentially, this coerced drivers to make reckless decisions behind the wheel just to keep food on their family's table. It was only a matter of time before someone got hurt.
With a situation like that, the steps to ensuring the right people are held fully accountable would be far more complex. It's not just about getting a case closed. It's about getting people the help they deserve and making sure those responsible for that harm face the appropriate consequences. Whether or not authorities are taking the proper steps to pursue those consequences remains to be seen.