I reported yesterday on how rainy conditions spelled trouble in the city of San Diego, but the roads were just as perilous for drivers in other areas as well.
In fact, between 4 o’clock and 9 o’clock in the morning, the California Highway Patrol reported 115 distinct accidents. Compare that to the 55 crashes which took place around the same time a week ago, when it didn’t rain, and it becomes clear that the conditions caused some damage.
Take Pasadena, for instance. While a semi trailer was traveling west along the 134 Freeway, it took the onramp to the 210 Freeway and jackknifed, apparently due to a loss of traction which may have resulted from the rain. The tractor trailer collided with the guardrail along the road, forcing authorities to close the ramp for hours.
The Angeles National Forest also felt the effects of the inclement weather. Backroads in the area became so muddy that a sport utility vehicle became stuck. A helicopter had to be dispatched to look for the SUV and its four passengers. When they finally came upon the automobile, an individual with minor injuries was treated.
I think as an Oakland car accident lawyer that this is the perfect time to warn people about the dangers of rainy weather conditions. Roads are dangerous on the best of days, but when they become slick, the hazards become severe. I hope as a personal injury attorney in Oakland that everyone understands how harmful inclement weather can be.