SpaceX Launch Viewing Causes Collision

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People were buzzing last Friday, December 22 about the SpaceX rocket launch–and they got so distracted they weren’t keeping their eyes on the road. Footage from a car’s dash cam at the time of the rocket launch shows a three-car collision caused by driving rocket viewers. The collision occurred on the 10 Freeway in Banning, California, east of Los Angeles. 

The video from the dash cam captured a driver observing the rocket: “Wow, look at that thing. That’s a rocket, man.” The video then shows an increased amount of brake lights in moderate traffic. The driver continued, “This guy is not paying attention, man,” as he dodges a three-car collision in the left lane caused by rocket-viewing drivers.  

The Falcon 9 rocket was launched by SpaceX from the Vandenberg Air Force Base north of Los Angeles at 5:27 p.m. on Friday. Ten communications satellites, each about the size of a small car, were launched into space for the commercial Iridium Next constellation. In a webcast regarding the launch, SpaceX announcer John Insprucker described the phenomenon observed during the launch: “The contrail of the first and second stages form[ed] beautiful images in the sky, lit by the moon as well as the exhaust of the Falcon engines.” 

Make sure to stay safe and alert on the roads! It was only the dash cam driver’s attentiveness and quick reaction that helped him avoid getting hit. However, if you are involved in an accident, don’t hesitate to call Dial & Associates. Even if you don’t have insurance at the time of the incident, you can still qualify for benefits. 

Dial & Associates handles a wide range of personal injury cases. When you are involved in an accident and sustain serious personal injury, it is worthwhile to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer to get advice as to what you may be able to do. 

We at Dial & Associates can make sure you receive the full compensation you deserve. Steve Dial is professional, highly respected, and friendly. He will guide you through the complexities of personal injury cases. Give us a call today at (714) 279-8055. Let us help you. 


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