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Pinon Hills, CA – Ice-Covered Roads Lead to Fatality, Injuries in Crash on Hwy 138

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Pinon Hills, CA (January 04, 2021) – One person died and another was injured when multiple vehicles collided after hitting a patch of black ice on Highway 138 on Friday, December 31st. 

According to sources, the vehicles were traveling southbound along Highway 138 between Beekley Road and Phelan Road when the accident occurred at about 5:35 a.m.  

A Toyota Sequoia spun off of the roadway, overturned several times, and came to an uncontrolled stop in a ditch off of the shoulder of the highway. 

Of the vehicle’s four occupants, a female passenger and two teenagers were able to get themselves out. One of the boys sustained an injury to his leg. The driver was found unconscious and unresponsive in the driver’s seat. Despite life-saving measures, they were pronounced dead at the scene. The boy was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital.

The black ice also caused several vehicles to lose control or spin out in the same area immediately following the first crash. 

This accident is under investigation by the California Highway Patrol Victorville Office.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victim and his family in hopes of a full recovery.

Vehicle Collisions in California 

Auto accidents throughout California claim the lives of more than 3,400 people each year. Although the majority of vehicle collisions are preventable, we continue to witness the impacts they have on families throughout our state. 

In fact, statistics show that more than 80% of accidents occur as a result of another driver’s reckless or negligent actions. The leading causes of crashes in our state include driving while impaired, careless driving, speeding, distracted driving and disregarding traffic control devices. 

In many cases, families of those killed are left to deal with overwhelming mental and emotional consequences while trying to pick up the pieces of their lives and move forward.

As if dealing with overwhelming grief was not enough, numerous families are required to put forth tens of thousands of dollars to cover the funeral costs of their loved ones. 

When victims are killed in accidents resulting from the negligence of others, it is crucial that their families reach out to a wrongful death attorney in Pinon Hills as soon as possible. Although we understand that no amount of compensation could ever take away a family’s pain and suffering, compensation can help grieving families cover to costs of burial and funeral expenses and alleviate the impact of lost wages moving forward.

Pinon Hills Wrongful Death Lawyers

With nearly four decades of experience, the Pinon Hills car accident attorneys at Torem & Associates have helped thousands of families hold wrongdoers accountable and get the justice they deserve for their loved ones. 

Being able to focus on moving forward after experiencing a loss is something our law firm is dedicated to helping our clients do. We work hard to help families protect their legal rights and best interests. 

If your loved one lost their life in a collision, and you believe negligence played a role, contact our personal injury attorneys in California at (888) 500-5000 to see how we can help you. Our team is available to meet with you and discuss legal options available to help you recover.

Note: Our team of writers utilizes secondary sources when creating these posts.  These sources include but are not limited to local news reports, police accident reports, and eyewitness accounts about serious injury accidents in the Inland Empire.  For that reason, the details surrounding the incident have not been independently verified by our team of writers.  If you locate any information that is not correct in our post, please contact our firm right away so that we correct the post to reflect the most accurate information available.  

Disclaimer: Our firm, Torem & Associates, has worked hard to become valued members of the local business community.  We write these posts as a way to bring awareness to the dangers of driving or being a passenger in any type of automobile accident. We hope that through awareness, people will use additional caution when out on the roadways in Inland Empire and throughout California to prevent being seriously injured in a crash. This post is not intended to be a solicitation for business. The information provided in this post is meant to be informational and is not intended to be misconstrued as legal or medical advice. The photos used in the post are not representative of the actual accident scene. 


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