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Morning rush hour can spawn deadly car accidents

California drivers may be all too familiar with the times of day many refer to as rush hour. With the traffic congestion caused by early morning and late afternoon commutes, there's a higher probability of car accidents occurring during these hours. While many may imagine being stuck in a long line of slow-moving vehicles, with brake lights visible for miles, reduced speeds are no guarantee of fewer accidents. 

Recently, the transition lanes from northbound 5 Freeway to the 101 in California were closed due to a fatal accident. At about 5 a.m. on a Thursday morning, a vehicle hit a pedestrian who had made his way into the path of traffic. It is unclear whether the person was attempting to cross the road, or whether the individual was walking along the route. California Highway Patrol reported that the pedestrian was killed at the scene. Due to the fatal injury, the transition was closed for several hours. 

Car accidents by nature are unpredictable. While many people make a genuine effort to avoid collisions and obey traffic signals, there is no way to completely prevent accidents. Whether people are traveling by vehicle, bicycle, or on foot, the roads can be a dangerous place. 

In the aftermaths of car accidents, it may be difficult for victims and/or their loved ones to determine the best course of action. Unlike traveling on the physical roads, the road to recovery has no clear signs or directions. In many instances, victims of car accidents and/or their families may choose to seek assistance in the form of an experienced attorney, who may be able to assist in navigating the legal road ahead. 

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Pedestrian killed on downtown freeway during morning rush hour, forcing lane closures", Joseph Serna, March 29, 2018

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