Siskiyou Trucking Crash Results in Fatal Injuries
On Monday, February 22, 2021, one person tragically lost his life during a Siskiyou trucking crash. California Highway Patrol (CHP) reports that the collision involved a pickup truck as well as a big-rig and happened at night on a highway outside of the city of Weed. The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department is withholding the decedent’s name but have identified him as a 27-year-old man from Chico. The incident remains under investigation at this time.
According to CHP traffic officers, the accident happened on Highway 97 in the area of Solus Drive to the north of Weed. A 1998 Chevy Silverado was driving northbound on the highway when, according to reports, the vehicle veered to the left for reasons that remain unknown. The Silverado eventually drove into southbound traffic, where it crashed head-on into an oncoming semi-truck.
After the accident occurred, CHP was notified and rushed a team of emergency personnel to the area. Upon arrival at the scene, officers found the Silverado driver inside of his wrecked vehicle with critical trauma. Tragically, the man was pronounced deceased on-scene. The 39-year-old male driver of the big-rig was reportedly uninjured, and no other individuals were involved in this accident.
CHP implemented traffic control measures on the highway for around six hours while officers investigated evidence at the scene. While police continue to attempt to determine what factors played a role in this tragic collision, no possible causes have been reported at this time. Often, collisions like this one are more complicated than they appear and may have been caused by factors neither the trucker nor driver can control, like malfunctioning car or truck parts, defective roads, and more.
Private Investigations Can Be Critical
After a deadly accident, police can have a difficult time fully investigating what occurred. Because they are not able to interview one of the drivers about the crash, they may never uncover evidence that could make a critical difference for your family’s ability to obtain fair compensation through a wrongful death claim.
The best way to ensure that an accident receives a full, fair investigation is to get in touch with a local wrongful death lawyer. Experienced attorneys will often be willing to launch a private, intensive accident investigation in order to determine whether or not any negligence was involved.
Trucking Accidents and Quick Action
In the large majority of cases, semi-trucks are owned by a holding company with their own fleet of trucks. With so many vehicles constantly on the road, these companies view accidents as a regular risk they run in order to operate their business and will typically take quick action in order to avoid having to pay for damages. Sadly, this can make it even harder for families to obtain the payments that they deserve.
To prevent these trucking companies from mitigating their liability for accidents, it’s important that you reach out to an attorney at your earliest opportunity. If your lawyer can begin working on your case quickly, they will be able to be more effective.
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