Mountain Center Accident Victim Wasn’t Wearing Seat Belt
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An Indio man was killed Friday in a Mountain Center accident. Eutiquio Ramirez, 48, was driving his Toyota pickup truck eastbound on Highway 74 when the truck went off the road, traveled down an embankment and overturned. Ramirez was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. He died at the scene.

Police are investigating the Mountain Center accident and have not yet determined whether drugs or alcohol were a factor.

One thing that certainly was a factor in the crash was his seat belt.

Seat belts are the single most effective way to reduce the risk of death in a crash, yet the seat belt use rate in 2014 was only 87%, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). California has primary seat belt laws—meaning law enforcement may stop your vehicle and issue you a ticket if a driver or passenger is unbelted—which have proven to increase a state’s seat belt use rate by an average of 10%. But even with such laws in place, some people still fail to buckle up.

“Failing to wear a seatbelt is gambling with your life. It’s never a risk any driver should take,” 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 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 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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