Another Cal-trans Case – Unfortunately Not an Isolated Incident

Caltrans picks of rocks

This national forest road is blocked by a land slide of rock and debris to where it is a hazard for drivers in cars.

Caltrans is the largest department of transportation in the country. California’s agency is responsible for many aspects of your daily life. Food that feeds your family travels over roads built by their crews. Your commute to work is complete due to the roads and bridges finished by public employees. While the agency does provide positive services, there are far too many negative incidents as well.

One such case includes a man severely injured due to a Caltrans error. The Sacramento Bee reported on the case.

The case was in Humboldt County. It is also the second major case in the last month including Caltrans. Kyle Anderson of Redding was severely injured. At the time Anderson worked for a private contracting company. His job included him working on Highway 101 in Eureka. A car drifted onto the road shoulder and hit him.

His attorney said that the Caltrans crew did not use basic safety concerns. They refused to close a lane or park a vehicle to protect workers. Even the light was a hazard to drivers. The jury said that Caltrans had full fault for the crash.

Such a crash is not isolated. Last month was a similar settlement for man injured due to Caltrans. The agency does not always follow OSHA and PESH guidelines. Caltrans also has some unqualified employees. Combine all these and accidents occur. Drivers and walkers are put at risk.

We All Have a Role to Play.

However, we all have a role to play. There is a chance to improve road safety. Caltrans is one part of the puzzle. Public involvement is also a major part. Each person can lobby their lawmakers for more oversight. This can include state agencies as well as for public safety. Furthermore, we all understand the value of reduced road deaths. Lowering the number of road deaths and injuries is key.

Ehline Law is working hard to reduce the number of crashes on California’s roads. However, we understand it is a hard road ahead. Furthermore, we can make it happen. One step at a time. Join us in our fight for safer roads. In conclusion, Caltrans can be safer, as can our daily commute.