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California highway worker killed in motor vehicle accident

A California highway worker was killed on Feb. 9 after he was struck by a vehicle while cleaning up debris on Highway 17. The man, age 54, was a 15-year employee of Graniterock, a Watsonville-based firm that contracted with Caltrans for cleanup and road maintenance. One other victim, a 34-year-old Graniterock worker, was harmed in the personal injury accident. Official reports show that the decedent and the injured victim were both hit by the same dump truck, driven by a 39-year-old man employed by Hildebrand & Sons out of Watsonville.

The injured victim was transported to the nearby Valley Medical Center, according to authorities. Investigators are still working to determine the cause of this personal injury motor vehicle accident; for instance, it is not yet clear whether the dump truck was equipped with backup lights and alarms. So far, no citations or arrests have been made, but the investigation continues into the matter.

Transportation construction workers are at a particularly high risk of suffering injury or death in a motor vehicle accident. These employees work directly alongside vehicles, and drivers are not always attentive to pedestrians in the work areas. In addition to facing risk from industrial accidents, these workers are vulnerable to problems from private drivers who cause catastrophic injuries accidents.

Victims who have suffered serious injuries or who have a death claim against a driver in a construction work zone may be entitled to financial compensation for their medical and civil claims. Family members should not be left high and dry in the aftermath of a wrongful death accident like this. These victims may be able to recover financial damages in connection with this type of motor vehicle accident.

Source: San Jose Mercury News, "Highway 17: Worker killed by dump truck while cleaning up mudslide identified," Mark Gomez, Feb. 09, 2017

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