65-year-old Edward Dodson III of Yucaipa died in a Beaumont traffic accident that occurred on August 16, 2011, around 9:30 p.m. along Interstate 10 (I-10) in Beaumont. According to the California Highway Patrol, Dodson slammed his pickup truck into the rear side of a big-rig trailer near roadwork along the eastbound lanes. The impact of the collision was so strong that the pickup went underneath the big-rig trailer. Dodson suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the accident scene. Officer Darren Meyer said that Caltrans contractors were doing road construction in the area where this accident occurred and traffic was slowing to a crawl.
From the available information, it is unclear what made Dodson rear-end the big-rig trailer. There is a possibility that the accident may have been the result of an uneven road surface or an improper road marking to show construction in progress. Regardless of the facts, the victims’ families should consult with a Riverside County personal injury attorney who can hire a trained private investigator to find out how the accident occurred and to determine if there are any facts which would suggest that the accident was the cause of someone else’s negligence.
The victim’s family can file a wrongful death claim to obtain compensation to cover funeral and burial costs, loss of love, care and companionship, and other accident-related damages.
Our law office offers sincere condolences to all those who knew and loved Dodson for such a heart rendering loss.