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UPDATE: David Jones Injured In Nice Semi-Truck Accident On Highway 20 By Manzanita Drive


Nov 1, 2019

David Jones Nice: David Jones of Ukiah Injured In Nice Semi-Truck Accident On Highway 20 By Manzanita Drive

NICE, CALIFORNIA (November 1, 2019) – A 48-year-old semi-truck driver from Ukiah identified as David Jones was injured in a car accident with a Ford E250 on Highway 20 by Manzanita Drive. 

California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 3:18 p.m. on Tuesday. For reasons that remain under investigation the driver of the Ford Van allowed his vehicle to drift over the double yellow lines in the roadway. 

The Ford Van collided head-on with the 2008 Peterbuilt semi-truck driven by David Jones. Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help all of the victims. 

David Jones sustained injuries and was taken to Sutter Lakeside Hospital. Neither drugs nor alcohol were believed to be factors in the crash. 

An investigation remains ongoing at this time. 

Liability In Car Accidents

Head-on collisions are among the most rare type of accidents accounting for only 2% of all collisions. However, head-on collisions account for over 11% of all traffic fatalities. Head-on collisions tend to occur for a wide variety of reasons including:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Driver intoxication
  • Speeding
  • Brake problems

It is illegal to cross over a pair of double yellow lines. According to California Vehicle Code 21460, “If double parallel solid yellow lines are in place, a person driving a vehicle shall not drive to the left of the lines, except as permitted in this section.” If a driver is working at the time of an accident they may be able to receive support through the worker’s compensation system. 

According to the California Department of Industrial Relations Workers Compensation Guidebook, “If you get hurt on the job, your employer is required by law to pay for workers’ compensation benefits.” Damages in a worker’s compensation claim can help cover:

  • Lost wages
  • Medical bills
  • Disability benefits
  • Permanent disability benefits

If an entity separate from a worker’s employer was responsible for an accident the injured worker may be able to recover additional damages through a bodily injury claim. If the at fault was working at the time of the accident they company that they were working for may face civil liability as well. Companies are generally responsible for the negligent conduct of their employees – insofar as those  employees were working withing the course and scope of their job duties. 

Getting Help After A Car Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to David Jones as he continues to recover. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the CHP. It is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to prevent additional accidents like this in the future. 

If you or someone that you care about has been injured in a car accident you may have legal recourse. 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 so that they can make informed decisions. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need a free investigation into an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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