David McGowan Killed in Crash on Rosedale Highway in Bakersfield
Bakersfield, California (March 30, 2022) – 43-year-old David Shane McGowan was the man who died after his vehicle lost control and collided with another car Monday evening in Bakersfield, according to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office.
The accident happened at about 6:42 p.m. on Rosedale Highway at Renfro Road.
According to police officers, McGowan was stopped for a red light in the westbound lanes at the intersection of Rosedale and Renfro. When the light turned green, McGowan rapidly accelerated and lost control of his car, causing it to veer into the eastbound lanes and collide with a Ford.
McGowan was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators said the rapid acceleration and the wet roadway likely caused the driver to lose control. Alcohol or drugs were not considered to be a factor.
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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