Fatal Rear-End Collision on Interstate 15
An unidentified man died after his car rear-ended a semi-truck on Thursday morning in Escondido.
The deadly accident occurred on December 2nd at 2:30 a.m. on Interstate 15.
Per CHP, the man was traveling northbound when he failed to see the semi that was driving at slow speeds.
As a result, the man crashed into the back of the truck causing the car to catch on fire.
Sadly, the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the semi-truck stopped and called 911 for help immediately after the accident.
It is believed that heavy fog conditions played a role in the collision. However, it remains under investigation.
It is most often those in passenger cars that are killed in large truck collisions. Semi trucks typically weigh 20-30 times as much as passenger cars which leaves occupants of smaller cars more vulnerable.
It is also much more difficult for larger trucks to stop so their braking capability can also be a factor in these collisions.
According to the D.O.T., in 2019 67% of fatal collisions involving large trucks were occupants of a passenger car.
It is also important to remember that in the state of California a person involved in a car accident who has sustained injuries has to file a claim within two years of the accident.