Gravel Truck Lands on Top of Man
YUBA COUNTY (February 12, 2018) – Nicolas Bishop, 46, of Fairfield, was killed after a gravel truck failed to negotiate a curve and overturned on a Highway 70 on-ramp Monday afternoon, according to The Sacramento Bee.
The accident took place about 1:15 p.m. in the Olivehurst area.
The California Highway Patrol reported that Christine N. Straub, 54, was driving a 2016 Western Star semi-tractor trailer truck when she made a left turn from Erle Road westbound to the Erle on-ramp to southbound Highway 70.
The truck and its trailer loaded with gravel then flipped onto the right side and landed on top of Mr. Bishop who was standing near his disabled Dodge Ram pickup truck on the right shoulder.
Gravel spilled out of the trailer and struck the Dodge Ram. A 17-year-old boy who was waiting for Bishop in the pickup was not hurt.
Paramedics transported Straub to Rideout Memorial Hospital in Marysville for treatment of moderate injuries.
The cause of the incident remains under investigation.
We offer our prayers and most heartfelt condolences to the family members and friends of Mr. Bishop during such a difficult time.
Wrongful Death Accident Investigation
An investigation into this collision is underway to determine fault. At this time it appears the truck driver will be held liable for this man’s death for driving too fast on a turn in the roadway.
If a negligent driver has caused a collision that took the life of your loved one, you may have grounds for a wrongful death claim. In a case such as this one, the teenager who witnessed this horrific collision may also have a separate claim against the negligent driver’s trucking company.
It’s important to note, however, that it’s quite common for insurance companies to try and avoid paying out a claim even when they know their insured is responsible. They may also make an offer to settle for far less than the full amount owed. Cases involving trucking companies can be complicated and there are steps necessary to protect your legal rights.
If you, or your loved one, have been hurt in a California traffic accident, we urge you to contact Johnson Attorneys Group today and speak with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers to help you. We will bring our expertise to your case and guide you every step of the way. Give our office a call at 800-235-6801 for a free consultation. – sks