Inderpal Rajput Butte County: Inderpal Rajput of Live Oak Killed In Butte County Truck Accident On Highway 99 Near Gridley
BUTTE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (November 20, 2020) – A 61-year-old person identified as Inderpal Rajput has tragically died in a semi-truck accident on Highway 99.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place in the early hours of Saturday. Inderpal Rajput was in a car that was involved in a collision with 5 commercial trucks and four other vehicles.
Paramedics were called to the scene of the accident in order to help all of the victims. Despite life-saving measures Inderpal Rajput and four other people lost their lives in the accident.
A thick fog blanketed the area at the time of the collision. An investigation into the cause of the crash remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Butte County Semi-Truck Accidents
Fog can be extremely dangerous for drivers and is a contributing factor in thousands of crashes every year. According to the Weather Channel, there are nearly 32,000 fog related crashes ever year causing over 500 deaths and nearly 12,000 injuries. Fog can come on quickly and can be disorienting. There are a number of steps that drivers should take when going through fog:
- Drivers should slow down
- Drivers should turn on their low beams
- Drivers should get off the road when visibility is too low
- Drivers should avoid areas with stopped traffic
All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid hitting other vehicles. According to the Judicial Council of California Civil Jury Instructions, “A person must use reasonable care in driving a vehicle. Drivers must keep a lookout for pedestrians, obstacles, and other vehicles. They must also control the speed and movement of their vehicles. The failure to use reasonable care in driving a vehicle is negligence.” There are a number of entities that could potentially face civil liability for a truck accident:
- The driver of the truck could be liable if they acted with negligence. Negligence is the failure to use reasonable care in order to avoid causing injury or death.
- A company that loaded a semi-truck could be liable if they failed to load it correctly. For example, if a company overloaded a truck this could make it take longer to come to a complete stop.
- If a truck driver was working for a company at the time of a collision they company that they were working for could be held at fault. Companies are generally liable for the negligent actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties.
Victims of semi-truck accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries. Even after the physical injuries of a truck accident subside, many people are left with long lasting psychological trauma. There are at least seven predictors for PTSD:
- prior history of trauma
- previous psychological problems
- psychopathologies in the family
- perceived threat to life
- perceived support posttrauma
- peritraumatic emotional responses
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 funeral expenses. Unfortunately, truck companies will often fight hard to deny liability for an accident. They may try to blame victims or other drivers. A truck 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 Inderpal Rajput and all of those who died in this horrific accident. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of all who have lost so much.
Do you need more information about an accident that took place in Butte County? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims get the information and resources that they deserve. Whether you just have questions about the law or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.