Driver Dies After Rear-Ending a Big Rig

A driver was killed in Apple Valley Saturday after rear-ending a big rig. Police say 46-year-old Phillip Kain was traveling east on Bear Valley Road when he crashed into the back of the Freightliner. Kain died at the scene. The fatal crash occurred around 4:40 a.m. near Reata Road.

Photos of the vehicle show the entire front half totally destroyed. The driver of the Freightliner, identified as 54-year-old Jesus de Leon, was not injured in the crash.

Did Distraction Lead to Rear-Ending a Big Rig?

Police have not said whether distracted driving or other impairments contributed to the crash. However, the Apple Valley Sheriff’s Station reported there were no signs the driver attempted to brake before rear-ending the semi. The fatal crash remains under investigation.

What Makes Distracted Driving So Deadly?

Distracted driving killed 3,477 people in 2015. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), roughly 660,000 drivers were using cell phones while driving during daylight hours. Considering a driver can travel the length of a football field in the five seconds it takes to answer a text, the sheer number of distracted drivers on the roads can have disastrous consequences.

“Our prayers are with the friends and family of the driver killed in this crash,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

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 a truck accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today 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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