A truck driver was killed in a collision between two semi-trucks that took place in Northern California on Sept. 19. Three other people, including the deceased victim's cousin, were injured in the crash. Police officers at the scene say intoxication is not believed to have been a factor in the accident.
Before he was killed, the 50-year-old man had been driving westbound along Highway 299 near Round Mountain. Around 12:30 a.m., a second truck driver, who was traveling eastbound, attempted to make a sharp right-hand turn going about 50 mph. When the eastbound driver lost a large container full of used building materials and asbestos, the load landed in the victim's path and resulted in the truck accident.
Following the collision, the eastbound driver's truck overturned, and the westbound driver's load also fell into the roadway. As a result, both lanes of the highway became blocked, and crews had to work for nine hours before the road was cleared. The deceased man's 45-year-old cousin, as well as the driver of the other truck and his 44-year-old passenger, were all injured in the accident. They were reportedly taken to the hospital and later released.
A family who has lost a loved one because of the direct actions of another driver may choose to file a wrongful death claim in order to seek compensation for damages such as medical bills, funeral expenses and lost income. Police reports and witness testimony may be vital for the presentation of a strong civil claim. Any criminal charges filed against the driver at fault may also strengthen the family's case.
Source: KTVZ, "Powell Butte man killed in Calif. big-rigs crash", September 21, 2014