A California accident investigation is underway after three veteran contract workers were injured along Interstate Highway 80 near Fairfield. Reportedly, the workers were part of a veterans group that was contracted as Caltrans workers to control brush and clear away litter along the interstate. Authorities do not suspect impairment, but they noted that the crash might have been caused by a careless driver who was distracted.
According to a report by the California Highway Patrol, the workers’ vehicle, a van with a utility trailer, was stationary on the highway’s right shoulder shortly before 11:45 a.m. on a recent Tuesday. A 32-year-old Rio Vista man in a pickup truck failed to take the necessary care when he approached the parked van and trailer, and his vehicle’s right front struck the rear end of the trailer. A CHP spokesperson says the impact caused the workers’ van to roll over.
CHP further reported that three workers were injured and transported to a medical center. The injuries of one of the three workers were said to be serious. The pickup truck driver was also taken to a medical facility for treatment of minor injuries.
It remains to be seen if these contract workers will qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. Regardless, they will be entitled to pursue financial relief through the civil justice system of California. Any injured victims of a car accident that was caused by a careless driver typically have grounds to file personal injury lawsuits to pursue recovery of monetary damages. An experienced personal injury attorney can determine the viability of such a claim and assist with the navigation of ensuing legal proceedings.