El Cerrito, CA (July 21, 2021) – Troopers with the California Highway Patrol say that a big-rig crash and fire on eastbound Interstate 80 in El Cerrito snarled traffic for hours and left at least one person with injuries.
East Bay rescue units responded around 3:25 p.m. Police received reports that a truck caught fire after an accident, forcing lane closures on I-80 just west of Potrero Avenue. Four lanes were blocked as firefighters rushed to the area. EMS units were also dispatched to the scene and appeared to transport at least one victim to an area hospital via ambulance. Other victims were treated at the scene and released.
The incident impacted traffic throughout the East Bay and eastbound traffic on the Bay Bridge coming out of San Francisco for several hours.
Motorists were advised to use alternate routes as CHP troopers worked to clear the scene and collect evidence. Their investigation is ongoing at this time, however, and further details have not been provided.
Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families. We hope for their full recovery.
Truck Accidents in the Bay Area, California
California authorities say that nearly 40,000 vehicle accidents resulted in fatalities, major injuries, or minor injuries on Bay Area roadways over the last decade. Furthermore, California averages more than 100 fatal truck crashes per year. Throughout the Golden State, more than 3,000 truck accidents result in injuries yearly, with many vulnerable victims left to pick up the pieces after a commercial truck collision. Occasionally, victims succumb to their injuries from these wrecks, leaving grieving families in a tough position, both emotionally and financially.
Serious truck accidents causing injuries or even fatalities are all too common in California, from busy city centers in the Bay Area to the greater Los Angeles area and beyond. When victims are injured in a truck accident, they may have to deal with large commercial entities and a trucking company’s insurance adjusters, in addition to long-term physical pain and expensive hospital bills. Grieving families who have lost their loved ones as a result of a truck accident are left to cope with emotional trauma and financial difficulties as a result of another driver’s negligence.
Thankfully, the victims and their families affected by Bay Area big-rig accidents can seek help from a California truck accident attorney who’s well-versed in state law and can help those affected secure justice. A skilled, experienced attorney in California can help those who have sustained injuries get the fair compensation they deserve after suffering in an 18-wheeler accident that occurred through no fault of their own.
Gene Halavanau at Halavanau Law Office in San Francisco strives to help victims, as well as their families, in their time of need. At Halavanau Law Office in San Francisco, our legal team is here to ensure that you are able to recover the maximum amount of compensation available for your injuries and losses. We believe that victims and their families should never be forced to spend tens of thousands of dollars out of their own pockets on medical treatment, particularly if their injuries result from an accident caused by the careless, reckless, negligent, or intentional actions of a truck driver or their company.
At Halavanau Law Office, we will gladly review the facts of your case and personalize our advice to match your needs. We’ve spent years fighting for victims and their families in the aftermath of a serious truck accident. If you’ve been involved in a big-rig crash caused by the negligent actions of another driver, contact our injury attorneys in the Bay Area today at (415) 692-5301 or Halavanau.com to schedule your free, no-hassle consultation.
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Disclaimers: The purpose of this accident news post is to bring awareness to drivers in and around the Bay area about what they should do if they are involved in an injury accident. We hope that readers will use an abundance of caution when operating a motor vehicle to avoid being involved in a serious accident. This news post is not intended to be a solicitation for business. None of the information in this post should be considered medical or legal advice. Make sure to talk to a qualified personal injury lawyer if you have been injured in an accident through no fault of your own. The picture used in this post is not from this accident scene.