Driver, Passenger Killed in Bakersfield Car Crash on Highway 33 near Lerdo Highway
Bakersfield, California (March 15, 2022) – Two people who were killed in a head-on collision on Saturday evening in Bakersfield have been identified by the Kern County Coroner’s office as 22-year-old Jose Wuilver Rodas Cruzs and 53-year-old Jose Mario Gomez Mendoza.
The fatal crash happened just after 5:00 p.m. on Highway 33, just north of Lerdo Highway.
Police responded to the scene to find a 2009 Honda and a 2003 Toyota involved in the crash.
Two Salinas Men Killed in Head-On Collision in Bakersfield Identified
A preliminary investigation revealed that Cruz and Mendoza were traveling northbound on Highway 33 when Cruz lost control and veered into the southbound lane and collided head-on with an oncoming Toyota.
Cruz and Mendoza, both residents of Salinas, were killed in the accident.
The driver of the Toyota was hospitalized with moderate injuries.
Authorities said alcohol or drugs are considered as factors contributing to the accident.
An investigation is ongoing.
Traffic Collisions Causing Death in California
The report of a fatal crash is tragic news to the family members of the victim and the society at large. Unfortunately, fatal crashes are common on California roads. The saddening fact is that most traffic collisions are caused by human factors that can be easily avoided.
The common causes of traffic collisions in California include; driving at unsafe speeds, driving while intoxicated, distracted driving, failure to yield to the right-of-way, among others.
Who Is Responsible?
In most cases, when a traffic crash happens, one of the drivers involved is responsible. However, other parties may also be held accountable. Such parties may include, the other driver’s employer if that motorist was working at the time of the crash, the local government, or the vehicle manufacturer.
What Follows After a Fatal Collision?
California law allows the immediate family members of the deceased to file a wrongful death claim against the responsible party.
The victim’s family can file for damages, including, actual expenses such as medical and burial costs, loss of companionship, lost earnings, and other non-economic damages.
Speak with a Professional Wrongful Death Attorney
Handling a wrongful death claim is a complicated process that needs legal expertise to ensure justice is served. It is, therefore, advisable to involve an experienced attorney to work on your behalf.
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