Driver Fatally Ejected from Big Rig on I-40

A truck driver was fatally ejected from a tractor-trailer on I-40 in Newberry Springs Thursday night. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the Volvo tractor-trailer was traveling in the westbound No 1. Lane approaching traffic ahead, which had slowed. The big rig then rear-ended a Peterbilt tractor-trailer. The Volvo driver was ejected from his truck.

The ejected driver died at the scene. It is unclear why the driver did not slow down with traffic, causing the crash. So far, police do not suspect drugs or alcohol contributed to the accident. They have not reported whether or not the driver was wearing a seat belt.

Big Rig Drivers Should Always Buckle Up

Occupational fatalities caused by big rig crashes account for 25% of all work-related deaths in the U.S. Moreover, nearly half of these deaths are due to failure to properly use a seat belt, according to the CDC. The CDC also reports that about 14% of truck drivers interviewed at truck stops said they do not routinely wear seat belts.

“We’re very sorry to hear that this driver was fatally ejected from his truck. Whether you drive a big rig or a small passenger car, everyone needs to buckle up,” 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 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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