Rajput Singh Oroville: Rajput Singh “Andy” of Paradise Killed In Oroville Semi-Truck Accident On Highway 99 In Butte County
BUTTE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (November 18, 2020) -A beloved business owner and survivor of the Camp Fire identified as Rajput Singh has tragically died in a tractor trailer truck accident on Highway 99 near Gridley.
Butte County CHP are saying that the accident took place over the weekend. Five tractor-trailer trucks and five cars were involved in a collision in the midst of dense fog.
Rajput Singh was struck as he was trying to help someone else who was trapped in their vehicle. Paramedics were called to the scene of the accident in order to help all of the victims.
Despite life-saving measures Rajput Singh and five other people died as a result of their injuries. Many other people were taken to the hospital.
Rajput Singh and his family lost their home during the Camp Fire. Family members want the public to remember what a kind and generous person that their dad was.
An investigation into the cause of the collision remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Butte County Semi-Truck Accidents
Thousands of people are killed every year in truck accidents. According to the FMCSA, “Of the approximately 450,000 police-reported crashes involving large trucks in 2017, there were 4,237 (1 percent) fatal crashes and 344,000 (23 percent) injury crashes.” There are a number of factors that commonly contribute to semi-truck accidents including:
- Inclement weather
- Distracted driving
- Driver intoxication
- Road conditions
All truck drivers have a legal responsibility to maintain a safe following distance with the vehicles ahead of them. According to California Vehicle Code 21703, “The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicle and the traffic upon, and the condition of, the roadway.” A fully loaded semi-truck can weigh as much as 80,000 lbs.
It can take as long as two football fields for a commercial truck to come to a complete stop. Depending on the prevailing conditions of the road it may be dangerous for a truck driver to travel the speed limit. During times of low visibility truck drivers and all other drivers should reduce their speed in order to avoid accidents. According to the US Department of Transportation, “Each year, over 38,700 vehicle crashes occur in fog. Over 600 people are killed and more than 16,300 people are injured in these crashes annually.” There are a number of measures that drivers should take when they are driving in dense fog:
- Drivers should slow down due to reduced visibility
- Drivers should use their high beams to better see the road ahead of them
- Drivers should roll down their windows
- If the conditions are too adverse, drivers should simply pull over
If a truck driver was violating a statute at the time of an accident they may be liable under the doctrine of negligence per se. Plaintiffs must demonstrate that the defendant violated a statute and that their injuries were likely due to said violation. Under negligence per se the burden of proof shifts to the defendant. Depending on the facts of any case, liability for a truck accident may extend beyond any truck driver.
Multiple drivers could in fact be at fault. Or, the company that the truck driver worked for could be liable for an accident. Employees are an extension of a company. When they are negligent the company that hired them may be considered negligent as well. However, those employees must be working within the course and scope of their job duties. Victims of semi-truck accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head trauma
- Organ damage
Even after the physical injuries of a truck accident have subsided victims are often left with long term psychological injuries. According to Very Well Mind, “A strong perception that your life was in danger during a car accident can lead to avoidance behaviors (for example, not getting in a car or going on the highway), which in turn can increase the likelihood of PTSD.” Victims of truck accidents are protected by a number of laws.
The family of any victim that died in a car accident may be able to seek justice through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a wrongful death claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. Sadly, truck companies will often fight hard to deny any liability for a truck accident. A truck accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating An Oroville Truck Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Rajput Singh. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened for the sake of all who have lost so much.
Do you need more information about an accident that took place in Oroville? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply 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 more information about an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.