Two people were killed while two others were injured after a fatal two-vehicle traffic collision in Coachella on Thursday morning, May 13.
The accident occurred on the southbound lanes of State Route 86 near Avenue 50 in Coachella at approximately 10:40 a.m.
A big rig and an unspecified vehicle collided on the roadway. How the collision occurred, and the reason why it happened has not been established. One person was trapped in the wreckage and was extricated by firefighters.
Two people were pronounced dead at the scene, while two others were taken to an area hospital. The injured parties sustained minor to moderate injuries.
The California Highway Patrol is further investigating the case. They will attempt to determine the factors and the liability in the accident.
Fatal Big Rig Collision Statistics
‘Big-rig‘ is the term used for the tractor-trailers and semis with which we share the road. These names are used interchangeably for huge cargo-carrying trucks.
Big rigs travel about 9.6 of the total miles traveled on our road systems, but they are involved in 12 percent of our fatal vehicular accidents. In other words, big rigs are overrepresented in vehicular fatalities.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), big rig trucks’ fatality rate has increased by 30 percent since 2009. There were 4,102 traffic fatalities involving a big rig in 2017 alone.
Common reasons why big rig accidents occur are loss of control of the truck, a tire blowout, a disabling or non-disabling vehicle failure, excessive speed, lane drifting, improper truck maneuvering, and driver fatigue.
Wrongful Death Attorney for Victims of Big Rig Collisions in Riverside County
It’s difficult to overstate exactly how devastating such accidents can be. The negative consequences of semi-truck accidents usually include extreme physical, emotional, and financial damages.
Pursuing a wrongful death claim with the assistance of an experienced attorney can help you navigate through the financial losses caused by accident. Through the wrongful death claim, the victim’s family can seek compensation for the damages (such as loss of companionship and income, pain and suffering, and emotional distress) that the accident has caused them.
A wrongful death attorney can serve as a helpful legal guide for the grieving family during this difficult time while ensuring that the guilty party will be held accountable for their alleged crime.