Seluster Lane Killed after Being Ejected in Highway 99 Crash in Bakersfield
Bakersfield, California (March 24, 2022) – Authorities have identified the man who was ejected and killed after his minivan was rear-ended by a big rig Tuesday morning in Bakersfield as Seluster Lane.
The 77-year-old Redwood City man died at the scene of the crash.
The crash happened at around 4:45 a.m. on Highway 99, just north of Merced Avenue.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Lane was, for unknown reasons, stopped in his minivan in the slow lane when a semi-truck crashed into his vehicle from behind. The man was ejected from his vehicle by the force.
First responders found Lane outside of the minivan and pronounced him dead.
The driver of the semi was not injured and remained at the scene.
Authorities are investigating the collision but do not believe alcohol or drugs played a role.
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.
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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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