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CHILCOOT: Jessica Churchville, Adrian Hill Injured In Car Accident On State Route 70 In Construction Zone

Jul 9, 2019

Jessica Churchville Chilcoot, Adrian Hill Chilcoot: Jessica Churchville, Adrian Hill Injured In Chilcoot DUI Car Accident On State Route 70 In Construction Zone

CHILCOOT, CALIFORNIA (July 9, 2019) – A construction flagger identified as Adrian Hill and a woman identified as Jessica Churchville were seriously injured on State Route 70 in a construction zone.

California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 7:50 p.m. Adrian Hill was displaying a hand-held stop sign and Jessica Churchville was in a Nissan Rogue stopped near him. 

A 33-year-old man believed to be under the influence was unable to stop at the construction zone in time and rear-ended the Nissan driven by Jessica Churchville. The force of the impact pushed the Nissan into Adrian Hill and threw him into a ditch. 

Adrian Hill’s injuries were so critical that he had to be airlifted to a hospital. A ground ambulance took Jessica Churchville to the hospital with major injuries. 

The suspect was booked at the Plumas County Jail and was charged with felony DUI. California Highway Patrol are still investigating the accident at this time. 

DUI Accident Statistics

According to the Centers for Disease Control, “In 2016, 10,497 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for 28% of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. Of the 1,233 traffic deaths among children ages 0 to 14 years in 2016, 214 (17%) involved an alcohol-impaired driver.” Here are just a few of the ways that alcohol affects driving according to the NHTSA

  • BAC (0.02) “Decline in visual functions (rapid tracking of a moving target), decline in ability to perform two tasks at the same time (divided attention)
  • BAC (0.05) Reduced coordination, reduced ability to track moving objects, difficulty steering, reduced response to emergency driving situations
  • BAC (0.08) Concentration, short-term memory loss, speed control, reduced information processing capability (e.g., signal detection, visual search), impaired perception
  • BAC (0.10) Reduced ability to maintain lane position and brake appropriately
  • BAC (0.15) Substantial impairment in vehicle control, attention to driving task, and in necessary visual and auditory information processing”

Studies have shown that drivers tend to drive dozens of times drunk before they are eventually caught. Victims of DUI accidents often suffer catastrophic injuries and are left with high medical bills. If a DUI accident took place in a construction zone there may be multiple sources of liability beyond the driver. 

Construction Zone Accident Liability

Construction zones can be extremely dangerous places, both for drivers and pedestrians. As such, construction companies have a legal responsibility to make construction sites as safe as reasonably possible. Failure to do so may result in municipal negligence. According to the California Civil Code § 1714 subsection (a), “Everyone is responsible, not only for the result of his or her willful acts, but also for an injury occasioned to another by his or her want of ordinary care or skill in the management of his or her property or person.”  Here are just a few examples of how a construction zone could be dangerous.

  • Caltrans could be liable for an accident for failing to protect workers from oncoming vehicles. Guardrails or even heavy equipment can help shield workers from being struck.
  • Construction zones could be dangerous if they force motorists to make sudden or dangerous maneuvers.
  • Construction zones could be dangerous if the lack adequate warning signs.
  • Construction zones could be dangerous if equipment impairs the passage of moving vehicles.

Even if a construction zone isn’t dangerous workers who are injured on the job will typically be able to receive benefits through the worker’s compensation system. If the driver that contributed to the accident was drunk they could also be held liable through a civil claim. It is a felony to operate a car under the influence of alcohol and cause an accident that results in bodily injury. 

Victims will likely have recourse through a bodily injury claim. This can help them recover various costs including money for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. It’s important to see a doctor after an accident. Failing to see a doctor and receive treatment may jeopardize your ability to file a claim down the line. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. They can let you know if Caltrans was negligent and help make sure that you get all of the support that you need to recover. 

Getting Help After A Car Accident 

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest sympathies to Jessica Churchville and  Adrian Hill as they continue to recover.This accident should not have taken place. It is our sincere hope that justice is done. Likewise, the company responsible for repairing this road needs to explore what safety measures could be put in place to help prevent additional accidents.  

If you or someone that you love has been injured in a construction zone accident you may have legal recourse. There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are her to help in any way that we can. We care deeply about working to ensure that accident victims get the support and justice that they deserve. Whether you need a free, independent investigation into a construction zone accident or just have questions about the law we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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