Bakersfield, CA (November 28, 2023) – 18 year old Jose Luis Martinez, of Lamont, was tragically killed on Monday, November 13th, in severe truck collision on Wheeler Ridge Road in Bakersfield, California. According to news source KGET, the accident took place just after 3:00 p.m. at the intersection with Herring Road.
According to police reports, a freightliner was driving through the intersection when it made a sudden turn to avoid a Ford pickup truck, driven by Martinez, in its path. Despite the driver’s efforts the Ford still collided with the front of the big rig leading to a chain reaction involving at least one other vehicle. The Ford caught fire shortly after the impact, endangering the man inside.
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Emergency responders arrived promptly on the scene and did their best to save Martinez, but sadly he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The police are actively investigating the death of Jose Luis Martinez.
Liability In Bakersfield Car Accidents
Despite improved safety measures for cars, motor vehicle accidents remain one of the leading causes of serious injury and death in the United States. According to the CDC, “more than 32,000 people are killed and 2 million are injured each year from motor vehicle crashes.” There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to a car accident including:
- Distracted driving
- Inclement weather
- Dangerous turns
- Poorly designed roadways
All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid causing accidents. This is especially true for commercial drivers that work for a city. A number of collisions are due to drivers that make dangerous left turns. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 21801, the driver of any vehicle intending to turn left must yield the right of way traveling from the opposite direction close enough to pose a hazard.
If a negligent driver worked for a city, that city could potentially be liable in the event of an accident. Generally speaking, employers are vicariously liable for the negligent actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. There are a number of steps that should be taken after a car accident.
- Photos of the accident site should be taken.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- A thorough independent investigation should be conducted.
The family of any victim that has died in a car accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. It is essential that evidence is properly preserved after a car accident. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating the Death of Jose Luis Martinez
We at Accident News Now extend our condolences to the family and loved ones of Mr. Martinez. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to the police. A thorough investigation must be conducted for the sake of all who have lost so much.
Do you need more information about a Bakersfield car accident? Our team of personal injury lawyers are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need assistance after an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (844) 966-0965.