Noah Anderson of Yuba City, Camille Bent of Sierra Madre Killed In Butte County Truck Accident On Highway 99 Between Gridley and Biggs —-> Please Support The Family of Noah Anderson Through Go Fund Me
BUTTE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (November 19, 2020) – Five people have tragically died in a semi-truck accident including Noah Anderson and Camille Bent on Highway 99 near Gridley and Biggs.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place just before 3:00 a.m. on Saturday. At least five tractor trailers and five other vehicles were involved in a collision for unknown reasons.
Two people that died in the crash were identified as Noah Anderson and Camille Bent. Thick fog blanketed the area at the time of the crash.
Oroville paramedics took several people to the hospital so that they could receive treatment. An investigation into the cause of the truck accident remains ongoing at this time.
According to the Go Fund Me set up for Noah Anderson, “In the early morning of Saturday, November 14th, 2020, a multiple car and semi wreck happened between Gridley and Biggs California leaving 4 families distraught, hurt, and angry at the world for taking 4 young lives. Noah Anderson, his beautiful girlfriend Kira, and her friends were making their way to drop off Noah and Kira at home in Yuba City from Chico.”
Liability In Butte County Semi-Truck Accidents
Nearly 35,000 people are killed every year in car accidents . A substantial portion of those collisions involve commercial trucks. According to the IIHS, “A total of 4,136 people died in large truck crashes in 2018. Sixteen percent of these deaths were truck occupants, 67 percent were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles, and 15 percent were pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists. The number of people who died in large truck crashes was 31 percent higher in 2018 than in 2009.” There are a number of common factors that may contribute to truck accidents including:
- Distracted driving
- Alcohol use
- Weather conditions
- Driver fatigue
All truck drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid hitting other vehicles. According to Hill v. Peres, “The driver of an automobile is bound to use reasonable care to anticipate the presence on the highway of others who have equal right to be there and the fact that his vision is temporarily interfered with, either by the glaring sun or headlights, does not relieve him from that duty.” This is also true with respect to fog.
Drivers should slow down when they enter fog. They should also use their low beam headlights in order to increase visibility. If the conditions are too bad drivers should also consider simply getting off the road. Fog can come on quickly and drivers need to understand that it can be disorienting. Depending on the facts of any case numerous entities could bear liability for a truck accident.
If a truck driver was working at the time of a collision the company that they were working for could be held at fault. Generally speaking, companies are liable for the negligent actions of their employees. This is true insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. It is extremely important that evidence is properly preserved and collected after an accident. The FMCSA requires that truck companies maintain a driver qualification file (DQF) on all drivers. This can be critical in a truck accident investigation. The following pieces of information must included with every DQF:
- Driver records and accident history of the driver and truck
- Employment history of the truck driver
- Road test results
- Drug and alcohol test results
- Medical certification
- Training certificates
The family of any victim that died in a truck accident may be able to seek justice through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Unfortunately, truck companies often try to deny liability for any accident involving their drivers. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Butte County Truck Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Noah Anderson and Camille Bent. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to police. It is our sincere hope that measures are taken to help prevent additional accidents like this.
Have you or someone that you care about been involved in a truck accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have questions about the law or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.