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Truck Driver Killed in Crash on Interstate 5 in Fort Tejon

Man Dies in Fort Tejon Truck Accident on Interstate 5 near Grapevine Road  

Fort Tejon, California (June 17, 2020) – A truck driver was killed Tuesday evening in a traffic accident on Interstate 5 in Fort Tejon, according to the California Highway Patrol.  

The fatal crash occurred at about 6:30 p.m. June 16 on southbound Interstate 5 near Grapevine Road.  

The CHP said a grey pickup truck was traveling in the number 4 lane of southbound Interstate 5 when, for unknown reasons, it drifted to the right shoulder and struck the left side of a work truck that was parked and working on a tractor-trailer on the shoulder.  

The pickup truck then hit a curb before overturning into a fence.   

As a result of the collision, the driver of the pickup truck was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. His name has not been disclosed pending notification of family.  

The number 4 lane was shut down while the crews worked to clear the scene. All lanes were later reopened.  

The accident remains under investigation.  

According to Arin Khodaverdian, the Managing Partner and CEO Alpine Law Group, a separate investigation by an experienced attorney is necessary to clearly uncover the circumstances surrounding the collision. “An attorney will also help the victim to navigate all the legal processes in pursuit of fair compensation and justice. Truck accident claims are rarely straightforward, and, regardless of the circumstances involved, liable insurance companies will often do everything possible to limit their out-of-pocket expenses by either devaluing or outright denying your claim. It is crucial, therefore, that you have an experienced attorney on your side,” said Arin. 

What to Do At the Accident Scene 

Nobody is ever prepared for an accident. However, knowing what to do in case you are involved in the accident is very crucial. The following steps will help you ensure your safety and the safety of others. 

  1. Stay at the scene and don’t panic. 

  1. Check for injuries and immediately call for an ambulance if anyone is hurt. 

  1. Notify the police even if no one is injured. The police will examine the scene and document the accident. At this point, it is important to record accurate information. You can later request a police report. 

  1. If the accident is minor, it is advisable to move the vehicles to the shoulder and turn on your vehicle’s hazard lights to ensure the safety of other motorists. 

  1. Gather information about the other drivers involved in the accident. Also, talk to witnesses and get their information. 

  1. If possible, take photos of the damage to your car and the surrounding area. 

  1. Do not admit fault or discuss the accident with anyone. Do not sign any papers unless requested by the police. 

  1. Do not leave the accident scene until the police have left.   

After leaving the accident scene, 

  1. Contact your insurance company as soon as possible. 

  1. Get a copy of the accident report from the police. 

  1. Get a property damage valuation. 

  1. If you were injured in the accident, keep detailed notes of your injuries and track your medical treatment. 

  1. Contact a reputable personal injury attorney to protect your rights. 

  1. Seek legal advice before you contact your insurer to discuss your car accident claim and compensation for your personal injuries. A qualified attorney will help you recover the maximum amount of damages. 

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