On November 16, 2022, a crash near the freeway on-ramp killed one person and injured two people, according to reports. The accident occurred around 8:45 am when a driver merging onto the freeway collided with the sedan of the mother and child. According to the California Highway Patrol, they were moving slowly because of a flat tire. Their sedan was struck by a pickup truck attempting to merge onto the freeway from the Riverside Avenue on-ramp. The two-year-old boy was pronounced dead at the scene, and the mother was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The CHP says they do not suspect alcohol or drugs contributed to the crash, and the pickup driver also sustained significant injuries and was taken to the hospital.
Pay Attention When Entering and Exiting the Freeway
Freeway entrance and exit ramps are responsible for more crashes per mile driven than other segments of interstate highways. These accidents are caused by a variety of factors, including:
- Speeding in anticipation of merging onto the freeway. Most on-ramps are designed to give the driver enough space to reach freeway speeds comfortably. When drivers speed up too soon, they increase their risk of an accident if traffic is slower than anticipated.
- Texting or talking on a cell phone while merging on and off the freeway can take the driver’s attention away from the road, preventing them from noticing the traffic changing speeds in front of them.
- Wet or icy weather conditions can easily cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle.
- A driver under the influence may crash due to their inability to operate their vehicle and impaired judgment safely.
What Should I Do If I Am the Victim of A Freeway On-Ramp Accident
If you or a loved one are injured by a driver who enters an on-ramp at unsafe speeds or by a distracted driver, you may be able to recover financial compensation for your injuries. For more information or to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney about an auto accident that resulted in an injury to you or a loved one, contact Ashley Injury Lawyers today.