There are certain jobs in San Jose and throughout California that are inherently dangerous even if they seem mundane and boring. Jobs where workers are stationed in areas where they must endure risk to do the job and they do not regularly consider the possibility of a fatal work-related accident are still dangerous. This reality crops up from time to time as, unfortunately, these accidents do occur. People who have lost a loved one who was working at high-risk occupations must be aware of their right to seek compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit.

A 46-year-old woman working in a toll booth on the Bay Bridge was hit and killed. The accident happened at around 5 a.m. when a box truck hit several other vehicles and hit the toll plaza. According to the investigation, there was a line of vehicles waiting to go through when the crash occurred. The truck collision caused a chain reaction of crashes of these vehicles and then ran into the plaza and destroyed it, killing the attendant.

The driver of the truck and his passenger were thrown from the vehicle. He, his passenger and five others were injured and hospitalized. The truck driver, a 32-year-old man, was placed under arrest for suspicion of DUI and other charges. The toll collector had been employed for more than 10 years. She was married and had a 10-year-old daughter.

Some jobs are perceived as more dangerous than others. People who are in law enforcement or are first responders will naturally find themselves at risk. Construction workers will be in danger of an accident because of the heavy equipment and great heights at which they often work. However, there are other jobs where people must be near vehicles or work in transportation and find themselves in an accident. If it is a fatal work-related accident, the family should be cognizant of the aftereffects of the unexpected loss of a loved one. Lost income, lost companionship and other factors will come to the forefront. Having legal assistance is imperative to recover compensation for the wrongful death. That is the first call that the family should make.

Source:, “Driver slams truck into toll booth on San Francisco’s Bay Bridge, killing attendant,” Dec. 2, 2017