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Truck Driver Involved in Three Fatal Truck Crashes in Northern California

By Kelly Balamuth on December 15, 2010

A bicyclist was killed after being struck by a tractor-trailer earlier in November. This was discovered to have been the third fatal accident for the truck driver that was involved in the crash, reports MercuryNews.com.

The fatal bicycle accident occurred on November 4 near Portola Valley. The crash is currently under investigation and no eyewitnesses have been located. A police officer involved in the investigation states that the truck driver was in the far right lane of a road when the left side of his truck collided with the bicyclist, killing her.

Regarding the other two fatal collisions, the truck driver was found not to be at fault. In the first accident, which occurred in 2003 in Monterey County, a motorist crossed into opposite lanes of traffic and struck the tractor-trailer head on. The second fatal crash occurred in Santa Cruz in 2007. After an investigation, it was determined that a bicyclist tried to pass on the right side of the tractor-trailer and was struck as he turned right. In that accident, the trucker and the trucking company were sued by the bicyclist’s parents. The suit was settled for $1.5 million.

The family of the bicyclist that was killed last month has hired an attorney to investigate the fatal Northern California bicycle crash. An attorney representing the family believes the accident could have been avoided if the trucking company had done a proper investigation into the driver’s history.

Could this tragic accident have been avoided if the trucking company had properly monitored the history of the truck driver? Trucking companies have a legal duty to protect the general public from dangerous drivers. If you have been involved in a truck accident in California, contact the Northern California truck accident attorneys at Balamuth Harrington. We will strive to get you the results you deserve. Contact us today at 1-888-254-1234.

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