At around 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 15, two people were seriously injured when three semis and another vehicle collided while traveling west on Interstate 10 in Desert Center. They were airlifted to a nearby hospital for treatment. A third person sustained minor injuries and received treatment at the scene. The crash occurred between Eagle Mountain Road and Coachella Valley. Authorities called a HazMat team to the accident scene to clean up 20 to 30 gallons of fuel and 10 gallons of oil that had spilt from one of the big rigs, explains a California truck accident attorney.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA, recorded 3,380 fatalities and 74,000 injuries resulting from collisions with semis and other large trucks in 2009, the most recent year for which it has released accident statistics. Fatigue and drowsiness are two major factors contributing to truck accidents, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, DOT. Moreover, the National Transportation Safety Board attributed 30 to 40 percent of truck crashes it studied to driver fatigue.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish the two people seriously injured in the collision involving semis a full recovery.
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