Two people were killed while two others were injured due to a fatal traffic collision on a freeway in Baker on Thursday morning, July 30.
According to the initial reports from local news sources, the deadly collision happened at approximately 5:17 a.m. The Chevrolet developed a flat tire on the roadway. A GMC tow truck driver assisted. The tow truck and the 2002 Chevrolet were both parked on the right-hand shoulder of the freeway.
A 2013 Freightliner towing two bottom-dump trailers was heading southbound in the No.2 lane at high speed, it then drifted onto the west shoulder of the interstate where the GMC two truck and the Chevrolet were parked. The 2013 Freightliner then crashed into the GMC tow truck and the Chevrolet in the southbound lanes of Interstate 15 Freeway, just south of Rasor Road. The GMC and the Chevrolet then later stopped in the open desert terrain while the Freightliner ended up in the center divider.
The tow truck driver and the Chevrolet driver were both pronounced dead at the scene. The other occupants (an older woman and two juveniles) of the Chevrolet sustained severe injuries and were immediately transported to the Barstow Community Hospital to receive treatment. The driver of the Freightliner was reportedly uninjured.
Fatal Tractor-Trailer Accident Investigation is Underway
Local authorities are currently investigating the cause of the fatal collision. Alcohol and drugs were not considered as factors in the accident. Witnesses of the crash that can provide additional information are encouraged to call the California Highway Patrol Barstow office (760) 255-5900.
Tractor-trailer accidents are more deadly compared to other types of road accidents. It’s mainly because of the considerable size difference of big rig trucks compared to other vehicles on the road. A fully loaded big rig needs as much as 20 to 40 percent more stopping distance. 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. Tractor-trailer accidents are caused by various factors like 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.
When facing tractor-trailer crash cases like this, it’s essential to have an experienced San Bernardino wrongful death lawyer specializing in fatal tractor-trailer accidents to conduct an independent investigation. During the independent investigation, all possible contributing factors such as road conditions, signage visibility, and road lighting will bee considered and thoroughly examined by the wrongful death attorney.
San Bernardino County Wrongful Death Attorney for Victims of Fatal Tractor-Trailer Accidents
It can be quite devastating for the victim’s family to suddenly lose a loved one due to a fatal tractor-trailer accident.
While waiting for the official investigation results, the victim’s family is entitled to pursue a wrongful death claim with the help of their attorney. Through the wrongful death claim, the family can seek financial compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses, pain, and suffering.
Attorneys can serve as a helpful legal guide for the grieving family during this difficult time. They will vigorously fight for their client’s rights and best interests while ensuring that the liable party will be held accountable.
If you have a nagging suspicion that someone is to blame for your spouse or family member’s death, contact Arash Law. We have the resources you need to pursue justice for wrongful death and the experience to ensure that you get fair compensation. We’re conveniently located throughout California with offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, Riverside, Orange County, San Diego, and are more than happy to visit you at your home or office. Call (888) 488-1391 for a FREE Consultation with a wrongful death attorney in California.