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OLANCHA: Rider, Horse Killed In Car Accident With Truck On US 395 Highway Near Cactus Flats Road


Jul 29, 2019

Olancha Horse Accident: Rider, Horse Killed In Olancha Car Accident With Truck On US 395 Highway Near Cactus Flats Road

OLANCHA, CALIFORNIA (July 29, 2019) – A horse and rider were both killed in an accident on the US 395 freeway after they were hit by a pickup truck carrying a travel trailer. 

California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 11:05 a.m.  near Cactus Flats Road. A man was driving a pickup around 55-60 mph as he approached a horse and rider. 

For reasons that remain under investigation, the horse and rider collided with the side of the pickup truck. Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene of the accident in order to help the victims. 

Despite life-saving efforts both the rider and horse died due to their injuries. An investigation remains ongoing at this time. 

Liability In Car Accidents

All drivers have a legal responsibility to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner and take steps to avoid hitting pedestrians. According to California Vehicle Code 21950, “The driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk shall exercise all due care and shall reduce the speed of the vehicle or take any other action relating to the operation of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian.”

Animals and pedestrians can both be very unpredictable. This is why drivers should reduce their speed when passing. It’s best to stay as far away as possible. If a driver is negligent and contributes to an accident with a horse they may face civil liability. If the driver was working at the time of the accident the company that they work for may face civil liability as well. Companies are generally responsible for the negligent conduct of their employees – insofar as those employees are working within the course and scope of their job duties. 

The family of any victim that died in a car accident may have legal recourse under California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Potential claimants in a civil matter may include the victim’s parents, siblings, spouse and children. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills, funeral expenses and emotional trauma. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your options are. 

Investigating A Pedestrian Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of the victim that died in this Olancha car accident. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the CHP. It is our sincere hope that there is some accountability for what happened. 

If you or someone that you care about has been involved in a car accident there are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you need a free police report about an 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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