UPDATE: Woman killed by Safeway truck on Highway 12 in Santa Rosa
UPDATE August 15, 2022: The woman has been identified as Alani Aguilar, 24, of Santa Rosa.
SANTA ROSA, CA (August 11, 2022) – A woman in a Nissan Versa was rear-ended and killed by a Safeway truck on Highway 12 in Santa Rosa according to Press Democrat.
The accident occurred on Wednesday around 8 a.m. near Dutton Avenue when a driver in a Safeway delivery truck failed to see a traffic slowdown ahead of him.
The Safeway truck driver attempted to avoid the slow traffic, but struck the woman in the Nissan from behind, pushing her vehicle into the guardrail and causing it to overturn. The truck proceeded to hit four other vehicles before overturning onto its side.
The woman was taken to Providence Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Other drivers, including the truck driver, also suffered minor injuries in the crash.
The woman’s identity has not been released, and she had no other passengers in her vehicle.
Liability In Santa Rosa 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 Alani Aguilar’s Santa Rosa Accident
We at Accident News Now extend our deepest condolences to the family of Alani Aguilar. 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 Santa Rosa 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 (844) 966-0965.