Accident investigators in California say that a fatal crash in San Mateo County on Sept. 16 may have been caused by a water nozzle that had fallen off a truck owned by the California Department of Transportation. An 82-year-old Mountain View man was killed when the nozzle shattered his van's windshield and struck him in the neck. The accident took place on U.S. Highway 101 in East Palo Alto at approximately 1:10 p.m.
There are numerous construction projects that take place in California each year. If someone sustains an injury or is killed while on a construction site, there are multiple avenues the injured worker or surviving family members can take to obtain compensation.
Californians who travel the state's roadways may find themselves involved in serious car accidents that result in personal injuries or property losses. Experts say that there are multiple forms of compensatory damages potentially available to these victims and their families. An individual's eligibility for each type, however, depends on the kind of accident circumstances they experienced.
California drivers, passengers, pedestrians, bicycle riders and motorcyclists might be interested to learn that in 2015, there were 35,092 traffic accident fatalities around the country. This was a 7.2 percent jump from the previous year and represented the largest percentage increase in 50 years. The rate had been steadily decreasing in recent years, and experts attribute that drop to better use of seat belts, increased safety technology and less drunk driving.