The California Highway Patrol is still attempting to figure out what caused a vehicle in the southbound lanes of Highway 101 to end up slamming into two men working in a nine-person clean-up crew. Troopers quickly realized they needed to call in the Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) for assistance in reconstructing this deadly car accident. Getting the details of the crash right could prove critical in any civil or criminal action filed.
Shortly after 11 a.m. on a recent Tuesday, the crew was picking up litter on the side of the highway when a car suddenly careened off the road, struck a sign and then hit the two men. One of the workers suffered fatal injuries to which he succumbed at the scene. The other worker survived the ordeal, but not without suffering injuries that required medical attention.
The severity of his injuries and his current condition were not reported. The driver of the car was also injured, but no additional information is available regarding her injuries either. MAIT was called in because of the lack of details available and the complexity of the scene. A California Highway Patrol officer also took the opportunity to remind drivers to slow down and even move into the other lane if possible around highway crews.
The family of the deceased worker and the injured worker are entitled to workers' compensation benefits. However, they may also exercise their right to file a civil action against the driver deemed responsible for this car accident. It may be possible to use any evidence gathered by MAIT to prove the driver's negligence, which is required before any award of damages will be considered by the court.
Source: ktvu.com, "Highway worker killed, another injured in 101 crash", , Aug. 5, 2014