Kira Jumper of Redding, John Wegner of Redding Killed In Butte County Semi-Truck Accident On Highway 99 By Gridley and Oroville –> Please Support The Family of Kira Jumper Through Go Fund Me
BUTTE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (November 19, 2020) – Kira Jumper and John Wegner were among five people who were killed in a semi-truck accident on Highway 99.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place in the early hours of Saturday. There was a heavy fog in the area when multiple trucks and cars collided in the roadway.
Multiple ambulances were called to the scene in order to help all of the victims including Kira Jumper and John Wegner.
Life-saving measures were taken to save Kira Jumper, John Wegner and three other victims. Sadly, they all died due to their injuries.
Five other victims were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. An investigation into the cause of the collision remains ongoing at this time.
You can help support the family of Kira Jumper through Go Fund Me. According to the fundraiser, “On Saturday morning, November 14th, 2020 our sweet Kira was unexpectedly taken from us in a tragic car accident. Kira was a loving daughter, a sister, a cousin, and much more to many people. Words cannot express the weight of this horrible tragedy. As Kira’s family mourns and contemplates Kira’s final expenses, we wanted to give everyone a way to help. We are hoping to ease the monetary stress for Kira’s family as they navigate this challenging time.”
Liability In Butte County Truck Accidents
Commercial trucks can be exceptionally dangerous for many different reasons. According to Injury Facts, “A total of 4,951 people died in large-truck crashes in 2018. The number of deaths has increased 46% since 2009 (3,380 deaths). The majority of deaths in large-truck crashes are occupants of other vehicles (71%), followed by truck occupants (18%), and non-occupants, primarily pedestrians and bicyclists (11%).” Semi-trucks are unique from passenger vehicles in the following ways:
- They take much longer to stop
- They can weigh up to 80,000 lbs
- They have large blind spots that can obscure other vehicles
- They are much more difficult to maneuver
There is simply no reason that a truck should ever rear-end another vehicle. According to California Vehicle Code 21703, “The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicle and the traffic upon, and the condition of, the roadway.” When a driver rear-ends another vehicle there is typically a presumption of negligence.
Fatigue is one of the most common contributing factors in truck accidents. Truck drivers work long hours and are more likely to be dangerously fatigued, especially at night. The Centers For Disease Control has found that staying awake for only 18 hours reduces driving ability equivalent to driving with a BAC of 0.05%. Staying awake for 24 hours reduces driving ability equivalent to driving with a BAC of 0.01%. Victims of truck accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord trauma
- Organ damage
Many of the injuries associated with truck accidents are psychological. According to Very Well Mind, “Motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) are the leading cause of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the general population. Each year, there are an estimated six million MVAs in the United States, resulting in over 2.5 million injuries. According to a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) study, 39.2% of MVA survivors develop PTSD.” It is important to continue to seek medical treatment after an accident.
The family of any victim that died in a truck accident may be able to seek justice through California Civil Code 377.60. Damages in a wrongful death claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. Unfortunately, truck companies will often fight hard to deny liability for a truck accident:
- They may try to argue that another driver was at fault
- They may try to argue a truck driver was an “independent contractor”
- They may try to blame the victim
- They may try to blame road conditions
A truck accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. An attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and get to the bottom of what may have caused an accident. There are, however, statute of limitations associated with civil claims.
Investigating A Butte County Truck Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Kira Jumper, John Wegner and all of those who lost their life in this accident. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to police. It is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to help prevent additional accidents like this.
Do you need more information about an accident that took place in Butte County? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have questions about the law or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.