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UPDATE: Sidney Falbo Killed In Dump Truck Accident In Santa Rosa By Stony Point Road While Riding Her Bicycle


Nov 1, 2018

Sidney Falbo Accident: Santa Rosa Junior College Bicyclist Died In Dump Truck Accident On Stony Point Road By Highway 12

 SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA (November 1, 2018) A 20-year-old student from Santa Rosa Junior College identified as Sidney Falbo has tragically died after she was involved in a dump truck accident on Stony Point Road.

Santa Rosa police are saying that the dump truck accident took place around 12:25 p.m. by Highway 12. The dump truck was fully loaded at the time that Sidney Falbo was run over.

The victim was on the sidewalk and made a right turn into the crosswalk when she was struck. Police are saying that there are few witnesses that got a good look at the moments before the accident.

The dump truck driver waited for a pedestrian to cross and then began turning into the crosswalk. For reasons that remain under investigation, Sidney Falbo was hit and critically injured.

Officers are still trying to determine which direction the victim was traveling.  Anyone that may have seen what happened is encouraged to call investigators at 707‑543‑3636.

Common Causes Of Dump Truck Accidents

Dump trucks are very large top heavy vehicles that are used to transport all types of items including construction materials. Pedestrians that get hit by dump trucks can be seriously injured or even killed. This is especially true when dump trucks are used improperly. Here are just a few of the most common reasons that dump truck accidents occur.

  • Overloading and tipping remain very real problems with dump  trucks. When a vehicle is hauling items it tends to be top heavy. Top heavy vehicles have a high center of gravity. Vehicles with a high center of gravity are inherently more likely to tip over during turns.

  • The skip on a dump truck should always be properly secured. When the skip is up this can lead the dump truck to become unstable. An open skip can also come into contact with an overpass and cause an accident.

  • Operating a dump truck safely requires practice and special training. If a driver fails to adhere to safety regulations and best practices accidents can easily occur.

Companies that operate dump trucks will work hard to deny liability after any accident with their vehicle. A pedestrian accident attorney can conduct a thorough investigation into your case and let you know what your rights are.

Liability In Dump Truck Accidents

Depending on the facts of the case, there may be numerous entities that could bear civil liability for the tragic accident that killed Sidney Falbo. The drivers of commercial vehicles like dump trucks have a common law duty to operate their vehicles safely and take steps to avoid accidents. Commercial drivers are held to a very high standard and may be held liable for an accident for even the slightest amount of negligence. In addition to driver negligence, there may also be negligence on the part of a city if a dangerous condition in a roadway contributed to a crash.

Cities have a responsibility to design, construct and maintain roadways that are reasonably safe. A city may be held liable for an accident caused by a design defect even if the accident was also caused by the third party negligence of another driver. For example, intersections should have an adequate line of sight so that drivers and pedestrians can have enough information to make informed decisions. Intersections should not have their line of sight blocked by trees, buildings or parked vehicles. If a city fails to fix a dangerous roadway after being given constructive notice they may face civil liability. Any person that is injured or their family may have the ability to file a municipal negligence claim for damages.

Getting A Police Report After A Dump Truck Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our condolences to the family of Sidney Falbo. It is our sincere hope that any witnesses that may have seen the accident will come forward and reach out to police at 707‑543‑3636. Beyond that, city officials should conduct a thorough investigation into the accident and the intersection. Steps need to be taken to help make sure that this does not happen again.

If you or someone that you love has been injured or killed in a dump truck accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys can take steps to investigate your case and make sure your rights are being protected. We have the resources and the skill to get to the bottom of what happened. For example, a forensic analysis of the injuries that a person receives will speak volumes about what happened during an accident even in the absence of video footage. Whether you are trying to get a police report after an accident or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You can reach us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

 Sources:

  1. RANDI ROSSMANN. Bike rider killed in dump truck crash was Santa Rosa woman, 20. October 31, 2018
  2. Euro 1. COMMON CAUSES OF DUMP TRUCK ACCIDENTS AND HOW TO AVOID THEM. 2018

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