Authorities reported that a Tesla driver was killed following a deadly collision with a semi-truck in Victorville on Tuesday evening, January 17, 2023.
According to the Victorville Police Department, the crash occurred around 8:04 p.m. at 16200 Bear Valley Road in the westbound lanes east of 5th Avenue, fronting the Food4Less grocery store.
When responders from the Victorville Police and Victorville Fire Department arrived at the scene, they discovered the blue Tesla had sustained significant damage. The crash’s impact forced the Tesla to ram into the back of the semi-truck, lifting the truck’s rear tires off the ground as the vehicle got lodged under it.
A witness claimed that while they heard the hit, they did not detect the sound of brakes prior to the collision. The semi dragged the vehicle along the roadway, scattering debris from the crash site to the west of 5th Avenue, where it came to rest.
The semi-truck driver reportedly did not receive any injuries, but the driver of the Tesla was declared dead at the site. Their identity will be released once the next of kin is notified.
The westbound lanes of Bear Valley Road at 5th Avenue were closed for several hours as the investigation by the authorities ensued. The cause of the fatal crash remains unknown.
Fatal Truck Accident Statistics
When compared to other drivers or pedestrians, truck drivers have a significantly reduced risk of severe injury or death in the event of an accident because trucks are heavier and sturdier.
This, according to the National Safety Council, is the leading cause of mortality for both drivers and pedestrians. The physical and psychological effects of a head-on collision between two trucks can be all the more devastating.
About 4,000 people per year in the United States lose their lives in accidents involving trucks. These large vehicles cause only 2% of accidents overall but are responsible for 11% of fatalities.
Both federal and state legislation in California set the maximum speed limit for large commercial trucks at 55 miles per hour. Death tolls from car crashes involving semi-trucks could be reduced by imposing stricter speed limits on these vehicles.
The California Office of Traffic Safety reports that in 2017, there were an average of 28,000 accidents involving trucks in California. In that tragic year, at least 369 people died and almost 9,000 were injured.
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