Faulty Brakes Cause Overturned Semi Accident

An overturned semi shut down a stretch of State Route 18 last Wednesday. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), a tractor-trailer carrying 20,000 pounds of peaches went over the side of the roadway at mile marker 64, landing on its roof.

Officials say the truck driver had an issue with the brakes, causing him to lose control. The driver was airlifted to the hospital with unspecified injuries. Traffic was stalled in both directions from Shamrock Road to Baldwin Lake for an hour while the overturned semi was pulled back to the road and the scene was cleared.

In 2014, 111,000 people were injured in crashes with large trucks, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Nearly 90% of large truck crashes are either caused or made worse by human error, and driver fatigue is a contributor to about 30% of commercial truck crashes.

“We’re praying for the driver’s recovery. This two-lane roadway is especially hazardous for large trucks,” 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 an 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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