Pico Rivera, CA — June 12, 2018, a Caltrans worker sustained fatal injuries following an accident where a truck hit him along the 605 Freeway.

According to information given by California Highway Patrol investigators, the incident happened near the 605 Freeway and Highway 60 interchange at around 5:00 a.m.

In their reports, troopers stated that a Caltrans worker, unidentified at this time, was parked on the side of the road. He was on foot at the time picking up cones along the shoulder. As he did so, a southbound truck somehow failed to avoid him, striking the worker in the roadway.

EMS responded to the scene some time later, but the victim succumbed to his injuries. The truck driver remained at the scene and spoke with police.

Currently, it’s unclear if charges or citations are being considered. Investigations continue.

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Commentary

I’m sure most people reading about accidents like these will see a worker hit on the side of the road and assume the driver who hit that person is automatically responsible for the accident. In reality, things aren’t that simple. Most if not all trucking companies will resist taking blame for an accident no matter what the facts are. But how would they accomplish this?

Looking at these details, a defense that a trucking company could make here is, “The worker suddenly came into our driver’s path, there’s just no way our driver could’ve seen him in time!” Well, that’s an entirely unreasonable defense, but it depends on very key factors.

Most work vehicles and construction zones have signage and lights to warn motorists. So did the victim have this equipment? Reflective clothing? Flashing lights? LED arrows behind the work truck? If so, then I can’t imagine that trucking company’s defense would work. However, if there were some extenuating circumstances–like the worker wearing all black and having no lights on–then the defense may be legitimate.

The only way to know for sure what happened here is to conduct a thorough, independent investigation. Trucking companies will put forth defenses regardless of the situation, and it takes clear evidence to overcome this and ensure the true story comes to light. Evidence is time sensitive after a serious accident, so the sooner a professional looks into this the better.

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