Kenneth Miller Yreka: 59-Year-Old Man From Galt Identified As Kenneth Alton Miller “Kenny” Died In Semi-Truck Accident On Intestate 5 Freeway
YREKA, CALIFORNIA (March 3, 2019) – A 59-year-old truck driver from Galt identified as Kenneth Alton Miller has tragically died in a truck accident after hitting black ice and crashing into the side of a hill.
California Highway Patrol are saying the Reddaway big rig that the victim was driving jack-knifed around 5:00 a.m. between Anderson Grade Summit and Collier Rest Area.
Kenneth Alton Miller got out of his truck and was later struck by a 35-year-old truck driver in a 2016 Volvo big rig. Upon arriving at the scene, officials came across the victim and later pronounced him dead.
The CHP stopped the truck driver that was suspected of hitting the victim a few miles down the road. After interviewing the man, they came to believe that it was his truck that hit the victim.
Any witnesses that may have seen what happened are encourage to contact the Yreka CHP Office at (530) 842-0530. A number of people have gone online to express their concerns about what happened.
“The [2016 Volvo truck driver] says I think I hit something an stops 2 miles away? Kenny deserves more,” wrote Ron Ackerman.
“Kenny was the most safest driver I have ever known; I guarantee when he got out of the truck his reflective vest was on and he was very well aware and had driven this route for over 30 years,” wrote Ronald Campiotti.
Liability In Semi-Truck Accidents
Trucking companies are “common carriers” under the law and their drivers are held to a very high standard in terms of safety. This heightened standard of care is well grounded in case law. According to Acosta v. Southern California Rapid Transit Dist, “Common carriers bind themselves to carry safely those whom they take into their vehicles, and owe both a duty of utmost care and the vigilance of a very cautious person towards their passengers. Such carriers are responsible for any, even the slightest, negligence and are required to do all that human care, vigilance, and foresight reasonably can do under all the circumstances.”
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), fatigue, inadequate surveillance, over the counter drug use and unfamiliarity with the roadway are leading factors in fatal truck accidents. Accidents tend to spike during periods of low visibility – e.g., before sunrise. The family of a victim that dies in a truck accident is protected by a number of laws. For example, California employers must provide death benefits to a victim’s spouse, children and other dependents if they are killed on the job.
The family of a victim that died in a truck accident may also be able to pursue a third party liability claim through California’s Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. A wrongful death claim in combination with a third party liability claim can help a family stay afloat after the unexpected death of a loved one. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the specific facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your options are.
Investigating A Truck Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Kenneth Alton Miller. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened. Why didn’t the truck driver that hit the victim remain at the scene? Any person that may have information about this tragedy should come forward and speak with the Yreka CHP Office.
Have you or someone that you love 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 help in any way that we can. We are committed to making sure that families get justice after an accident and that negligent drivers are held accountable for their actions. Whether you need a police report following a crash or just have legal questions we are here for you. You can contact us anytime at (888) 888-9285.