WCLG Seeks Justice for Tractor-Trailer Crash Victim

Large commercial trucks account for approximately 500,000 vehicle accidents in the U.S. each year. Ten percent of those result in at least one fatality. Not surprisingly, in 80% of those accidents, it is the driver of the car who suffers the fatal injury.

Seeking Justice After Local Tractor-Trailer Crash

In a local case a few years ago, a driver was killed after his vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer. The CHP interviewed the driver and co-driver of the 18-wheeler and concluded that the driver of the car was at fault. The conclusion was that the car had been speeding. Additionally, they said the driver violated California Vehicle Code Section 21800, which says the driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle which has entered the intersection.

What Really Happened?

The accident happened in the early morning hours in a remote area when it was very dark. When the truck pulled out from a stop sign, the car went under the truck. The roof of the car was sheared off and the driver was killed.

WCLG attorney Jessica Albert worked with experts to do a thorough reconstruction of the tractor-trailer crash. The evidence clearly revealed the car driver was not at fault. Analysis of the car’s Event Data Recorder (black box) revealed that the car had not been speeding. In fact, the driver had applied his brakes.

Additionally, the markings under the tractor’s trailer clearly revealed that the 18-wheeler was moving at a speed that indicated it had not stopped at the stop sign. In fact, the truck had pulled out right in front of the unsuspecting driver.

After nearly 3 years of litigation, $3.8 million was paid to the widow for the loss of her husband.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in an auto accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today at (760) 777-7777 for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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