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UPDATE: Joseph Zigler, 27, Killed In Paso Robles Truck Accident Below 13th Street Bridge

Sep 28, 2019

Joseph Zigler Paso Robles: Joseph Zigler, 27, Killed In Paso Robles Truck Accident Below 13th Street Bridge

PASO ROBLES, CALIFORNIA (September 23, 2019) – A 27-year-old homeless man identified as Joseph Zigler was tragically killed in a car accident with a city owned work truck underneath the 13th Street Bridge. 

Paso Robles police are saying that a city employee was conducting maintenance in a work truck underneath the bridge. The employee ran over Joseph Zigler who was lying in the walkway. 

A representative for the city released the following statement. “The City of Paso Robles is grieving for both of the people involved in this unfortunate tragedy, as well as their families and friends.”

The road where Joseph Zigler was run over leads to the riverbank where a number of homeless people seek shelter. An investigation into the Paso Robles truck accident that killed Joseph Zigler remains ongoing. 

Liability In Truck Accidents

Nearly 4,000 people are killed every year in accidents involving commercial trucks. The vast majority of these accidents are due to human error. For example, truck drivers may fail to keep an eye out for pedestrians. Truck drivers have a legal obligation to keep an eye out for pedestrians even when they are outside of lawfully marked crosswalks. 

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.” What follows are just a few of the factors most commonly associated with fatal truck accidents: 

  • Mechanical problems
  • Prescription drug use
  • Traveling too fast for conditions
  • Unfamiliarity with roadway
  • Roadway problems
  • Over-the-counter drug use
  • Inadequate surveillance
  • Fatigue

There is simply no reason why a truck driver should ever run over a pedestrian in a walkway. These types of accidents tend to take place when drivers are distracted, fatigued or speeding. When a city truck driver is negligent and causes an accident the city that they work for could be held at fault. Generally speaking, cities as well as companies are legally responsible for the negligent actions 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 through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages in a civil claim can help cover funeral expenses, lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Potential claimants in a civil matter could include a victim’s parents, children, spouse or siblings. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal rights are.

Investigating A Paso Robles Truck Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Joseph Zigler who died in this Paso Robles truck accident. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to police as they continue their investigation. It is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to prevent accidents like this in the future. 

Have you or someone that you care about been involved in a truck 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 so that they can make informed decisions. Whether you just have questions about the law or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285. 

UPDATE: Joseph Zigler, 27, Killed In Paso Robles Truck Accident Below 13th Street Bridge

UPDATE: Joseph Zigler, 27, Killed In Paso Robles Truck Accident Below 13th Street Bridge

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