Tractor-Trailer Driver Killed in Crash

A tractor-trailer driver was killed after his big rig overturned on I-10 Friday night. Police say 57-year-old Son Pham of El Monte was driving west on the interstate in Desert Center when the truck rolled over. The accident occurred around 11 p.m. east of Eagle Mountain Road.

Firefighters responded to the scene on westbound I-10. They also called on the Riverside County Environmental Health team to clean up a diesel fuel leak. One lane was closed during the clean-up and reopened just before 3 a.m.  

Tractor-Trailer Driver: A Dangerous Occupation?

In 2014, about 725 heavy vehicle or tractor-trailer drivers lost their lives on the job. Fatalities in the transportation/material movement industry increased by 3% between 2008 and 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Furthermore, truck driver is one of the deadliest occupations in the U.S.

The factors contributing to truck driver fatalities are complex. For one, more drivers are on the roads due to the increasing demand for goods to be transported—particularly for rapid delivery of online shopping goods. The increase of trucks on the road automatically increases the risk of crashing. Additionally, truck drivers often face long hours and difficult working conditions. These issues lead to an annual turnover rate of roughly 100%. The result is an influx of inexperienced drivers on the road every year.

“The trucking industry needs to undergo significant reform to reduce the dangers associated with driving these vehicles, and sharing the road with them,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Coachella Truck Accident Attorney Services

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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