On Sep. 19, the California Highway Patrol responded to a fatal semi-truck accident on Highway 299 outside of Round Mountain. According to troopers, the crash happened when a semitrailer traveling east on the roadway entered a curve at an estimated speed of 50 mph, which caused a container of building debris to fall from the truck's flatbed trailer and into the opposite lane. A collision ensued between the first semi-truck and another westbound tractor-trailer, and the 50-year-old male driver of the latter vehicle was killed in the crash.
Authorities did not believe drugs or alcohol contributed to the accident. Both lanes of the highway were reportedly shut down for about nine hours, and a team was dispatched to the scene to clean a gas spill from the roadway.
The 45-year-old male cousin of the decedent was also in the truck and suffered injuries. The driver of the eastbound semitrailer and his 44-year-old passenger were also injured in the crash. The three were hospitalized and had been released as of Sept. 21.
Family members of someone killed in an accident similar to the one described may decide to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit depending on the outcome of the investigation, but a semi-truck accident inquiry could take a while to complete. The authorities may examine not only the trucks but also the trucking logs and possibly the vehicles' maintenance records. There are federal trucking regulations that drivers and trucking companies are required to follow, so the investigation could probe several possible contributing factors. Once authorities completed the investigation of such an accident, a personal injury attorney could better advise a victim's family members regarding a potential wrongful death suit.
Source: KTVZ, "Powell Butte man killed in Calif. big-rigs crash", September 21, 2014
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