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Avoidable construction accident kills California pregnant woman

Any time construction work takes place in a residential neighborhood in California, it is the duty of those responsible for the work to ensure that the safety and well-being of area residents is accounted for at all times. Beyond that, local municipalities are obligated to implement and enforce appropriate safety guidelines on all city works projects. Unfortunately, however, professional negligence and other issues can still contribute to serious and fatal construction accidents.

The fiancée of a 32-year-old woman in Northern California was mourning her loss after she died in a construction accident recently. He was quoted as saying that the tragic accident was entirely preventable, and that he was overcome with emotion. The woman, who was two months pregnant, was sitting in her car in her driveway when a gravel truck tipped over and crushed her vehicle. Construction workers reportedly attempted to remove the accident victim from her car but she succumbed to her injuries on the scene.

According to witnesses at the site of the accident, the gravel truck overturned as it was attempting to dump a 20-ton load. The woman was in her car at the time because she was being instructed by a construction worker to exit her driveway. The construction work being done was reportedly part of a city project. The victim of the fatal accident was also survived by a four-year-old daughter, who was on scene when the incident occurred.

In construction accidents involving injuries and even death, several parties can be held liable in some cases. An experienced attorney can help accident victims and their families determine whether and how to pursue wrongful death claims in such instances.

Source: CBS News, “Pregnant woman killed in California construction accident,” March 24, 2015

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