Sacramento Driver Killed By Falling Tree
Posted on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
A Sacramento man was killed in a three-car accident when a large tree in the median gave way and crashed into the road, according to the Citrus Heights Police Department’s report. Travis Chapman, 25, of Elverta, was pronounced dead when police arrived at the scene, and two other victims were taken to a local hospital with injuries that were said to be non-life-threatening.
According to police reports, three vehicles collided with a large tree when it fell into the roadway. Two of the vehicles, including Chapman’s, were traveling north on Sunrise Boulevard. The other vehicle was traveling south. The tree was growing in the median and split down the middle, scattering debris into both the north and southbound lanes.
Everyone in the three vehicles was using safety restraints at the time of the crash. The weather was wet and rainy, and one of the vehicles, a mini-van, hit a telephone pole after crashing into the tree, causing the vehicle to roll over. The driver of the minivan was injured, but no one in the southbound vehicle seems to have been harmed.
The remaining trees in the median were checked before the roadway was reopened to traffic.
Who Is Responsible for This Accident?
While it may seem that this was a true “accident” for which no one was to blame, legally that may not be the case.
The city or county could be legally liable if they are responsible for maintaining the median and the trees that grow there. If the city or county failed to take care of the trees, causing them to pose a danger to motorists, then the city or county could be liable for the wrongful death of this young man and the injury to the other driver and passenger.
Another possibility is that the trees were planted by some other group that was responsible for maintaining them. In that case, liability may extend to those who were responsible for the maintenance of the trees.
Yet another possibility is that one or more of the drivers involved may bear responsibility for swerving and causing another driver to become involved in the accident.
No matter who is found to be ultimately liable for the accident, the victims deserve compensation. Amerio Law can represent those who are injured in car accidents and other types of personal injury accidents and help them recover damages whenever possible. Contact Amerio Law today to discuss your injuries.