UPDATE: Caltrans employee killed in accident on I-80 in Vacaville
UPDATE JUNE 7, 2022: Quanda McGadney has been identified as the Caltrans employee who was killed by a motorist on June 3. The California Highway Patrol reports that the driver, identified as a 31-year-old from San Francisco, has been arrested for hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter.
McGadney is survived by a 9-year-old daughter and two sisters.
VACAVILLE, CA (June 3, 2022) – A Caltrans employee was killed Friday morning in a traffic accident on I-80 near Vacaville. According to ABC 10 News, the collision occurred near Lagoon Valley Road.
CHP in Solano County say that the westbound side of the I-80 near Vacaville is closed as a result of the accident and are asking drivers to avoid the area.
At the time of this writing, Vacaville police have not given an estimate as to when the road will reopen.
Details regarding the accident, such as number of vehicles involved, other injuries, and circumstances leading to the crash are unknown.
We will update this story as soon as additional details become available.
Liability In Vacaville Car Accidents
Despite improved safety measures for cars, motor vehicle accidents remain one of the leading causes of serious injury and death in the United States. According to the CDC, “more than 32,000 people are killed and 2 million are injured each year from motor vehicle crashes.” There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to a car accident including:
- Distracted driving
- Inclement weather
- Dangerous turns
- Poorly designed roadways
All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid causing accidents. This is especially true for commercial drivers that work for a city. A number of collisions are due to drivers that make dangerous left turns. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 21801, the driver of any vehicle intending to turn left must yield the right of way traveling from the opposite direction close enough to pose a hazard.
If a negligent driver worked for a city, that city could potentially be liable in the event of an accident. Generally speaking, employers are vicariously liable for the negligent actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. There are a number of steps that should be taken after a car accident.
- Photos of the accident site should be taken.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- A thorough independent investigation should be conducted.
The family of any victim that has died in a car accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. It is essential that evidence is properly preserved after a car accident. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Vacaville Car Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Caltrans employee killed in this tragic accident. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to the police. A thorough investigation must be conducted for the sake of all who have lost so much.
Do you need more information about a Vacaville car accident? 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 negligent drivers are held to account for their actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 395-7234.