Vehicle Plunges off Freeway in Fatal Accident

A fatal accident on I-15 took the life of a Victorville man early Friday morning. Police say a vehicle plunged off the freeway around 2:30 a.m. in Apple Valley, killing 57-year-old Robert Zimmer. The incident occurred just north of the Stoddard Wells/Bell Mountain exit.

According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Zimmer was traveling north on I-15 in a Nissan Versa when his vehicle flew off the roadway and through the perimeter fencing. The Nissan then crashed into the wall of the Quarry Road underpass, then rolled over.

Firefighters pronounced Zimmer dead at the scene. Police are not yet sure what caused the vehicle to leave the roadway. The Victorville CHP is investigating the fatal accident.

Nighttime Driving Increases Fatal Accident Risk

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 49% of fatal crashes happen at night. That translates to a fatality rate per mile of travel that is three times as high as it is during the day. Two-thirds of drivers killed at night are not wearing a seat belt. Comparatively, less than half of those killed in daytime accidents are unrestrained. Whereas alcohol is involved in 18% of fatal crashes during the day, only 54% of nighttime crashes involve alcohol.

“Driving at night is inherently more dangerous, as visibility is reduced and drowsiness is more likely. Add to that the higher instances of factors such as drunk driving, and you see that nighttime driving can be a serious risk,” 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 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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