Angela Dunakin Yuba City: Angela Dunakin, Wife of Slain Oakland Police Officer, Killed In Yuba City Truck Accident On Highway 99 –> Support The Family Of The Victim Through PORAC Fundraiser
YUBA CITY, CALIFORNIA (November 2, 2019) – A 52-year-old woman from Roseville identified as Angela Dunakin has tragically died in a semi-truck accident on Highway 99.
California Highway Patrol are saying that Angela Dunakin was stopped at a red light on Highway 99 when she was rear-ended by a large truck. Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victim.
Angela Dunakin was taken to the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento in order to receive treatment. Despite life-saving efforts she was later pronounced dead due to her injuries. The driver of the truck that hit the victim remained at the scene and cooperated.
Family and friends of the victim told reporters that she was able to save at least four people’s lives through her donated organs. Around 10 years ago Angela Dunakin lost her police officer husband during a gunbattle.
The victim leaves behind three children ages 25, 24 and 19. You can help support the victim’s three children through the PORAC fund set up for them.
An investigation into the Yuba City truck accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Semi-Truck Accidents
A number of truck companies are considered “common carriers” under the law. A common carrier is any company – public or private – which transports goods or people for a fee. Common carriers are held to a very high standard in terms of safety. According to the Judicial Council of California Civil Jury Instructions, “Common carriers must carry passengers [or property] safely. Common carriers must use the highest care and the vigilance of a very cautious person. They must do all that human care, vigilance, and foresight reasonably can do under the circumstances to avoid harm to passengers[or property].” Here are just a few of the common reasons that truck accidents take place:
- Prescription drug use
- Traveling too fast for conditions
- Roadway problems
- Felt under work pressure from carrier
- Over-the-counter drug use
- Inadequate surveillance
There is simply no reason why a truck should ever rear-end a vehicle at a red light. According to California Vehicle Code 21453, “A driver facing a steady circular red signal alone shall stop at a marked limit line, but if none, before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then before entering the intersection, and shall remain stopped until an indication to proceed is shown, except as provided in subdivision (b).” Rear-end collisions tend to take place when truck drivers are intoxicated, speeding or fatigued.
A number of studies have shown that truck drivers tend to suffer from undiagnosed sleep apnea. This is actually a major problem. According to the FMCSA, “Because sleep apnea affects your sleep, it also affects your daytime alertness and performance. Untreated sleep apnea can make it difficult for you to stay awake, focus your eyes, and react quickly while driving. In general, studies show that people with untreated sleep apnea have an increased risk of being involved in a fatigue-related motor vehicle crash.”
If a truck driver is negligent and hits another vehicle the company that they work for could face vicarious liability. Under the legal doctrine of respondeat superior companies are liable for the negligent conduct of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. Victims of truck accidents are protected by a number of laws.
The family of any victim that died in a truck accident may have legal recourse through California Cod of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills, funeral expenses, loss of love and emotional trauma. Beneficiaries in the statute include the victim’s children. It’s important that evidence is preserved after an accident and that eye witness testimony is collected. A truck accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Yuba City Truck Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Angela Dunakin. This was a preventable accident that should not have taken place. Any person that may have information about the accident should reach out to investigators. There needs to be some accountability for what happened. We also strongly encourage everyone to donate to the fundraiser set up for the victim’s three children.
If you or someone that you care about has been involved in a semi-truck accident there are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights so that they can make the best decisions for themselves. Whether you just have questions about the law or need a free, independent investigation to get the to the bottom of an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.