Dorris, CA – Passenger Killed in Crash with Semi-Truck on US-97

February 18, 2023

Man holding steering wheel in car accident

Dorris, CA (February 17, 2023) – A passenger died after being involved in a two-vehicle crash in the Dorris area on Wednesday, February 15. 

The fatal accident took place on US-97 at around 5:30 a.m. and reportedly involved a pickup truck and a semi. It was reported that 52-year-old Dawson Yang of Milwaukee, Wisconsin traveling south when he veered into oncoming traffic and collided with the rig. Yang’s passenger was ejected in the crash and they were pronounced dead at the scene. 

Yang was transported to Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls for treatment of sustained injuries. The driver of the rig was examined by emergency personnel but was not hospitalized. Yang was cited for driving under the influence of alcohol. 

An ongoing investigation into the cause of the deadly collision is underway. 

California Fatal Trucking Accidents

Hemet, CA - Irma Higgins Killed in Pileup Crash on Ramona Expy at Lincoln AveEvery year, there are over 113 fatal truck accidents in California, and injuries are reported in more than 3,000 truck accidents throughout the state. Between 200 and 300 drivers lose their lives in truck accidents every year, and these types of accidents are common all throughout the state. Truck accidents involving large trucks and commercial vehicles can result in more destruction than any other kind of motor vehicle accident because of their size and weight. Truck accident victims are more likely to sustain severe injuries or even be killed as a result. 

Wrongful death suits may provide some type of relief for those who have just lost a family member in a car accident. Damages are sought for the estate and the surviving family members in a wrongful death action. In wrongful death lawsuits, demands for compensation for pain and suffering, loss of companionship, lost pay, and the cost of missing support are commonly raised, and there are so many other factors that may be in play with your case. 

At some time, we will all lose someone close to us, but it is even harder to bear when a loved one passes away before their time. You could never have imagined how drastically and deeply your daily life would change when a family member is killed in a sudden traffic accident. Providing emotional and financial support to the members of your family who have survived the accident at this trying time may prove to be quite challenging for you and those close to you. 

If a member of your family passed away as a result of someone else’s negligence, you and your family may be entitled to compensation. You can file a claim to have the at-fault party pay for associated costs with the aid of a Dorris trucking accident attorney. If you are going through a situation like this, contact a lawyer at Wilshire Law Firm to see if you have a right to compensation.  If there has been a wrongful death in the family, call 800-358-1884 to talk with an attorney about how we might be able to help with your recovery.