Kathy Mcnutt Bakersfield, Harold Goldman Bakersfield: Kathy Mcnutt, Harold Goldman from Lemoore and Delano Killed In Bakersfield Semi-Truck Accident On Highway 99 near Rosedale Highway —> Support The Family Of The Victims Through Go Fund Me
BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA (November 2, 2019) – Two people identified as Kathy Mcnutt and Harold Goldman have tragically died in a semi-truck accident on Highway 99 near Rosedale Highway.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 12:26 p.m. during a time of slowing traffic. A semi-truck driver failed to slow down in time and rear-ended a Dodge Ram pickup truck carrying Kathy Mcnutt and Harold Goldman.
The force of the semi-truck accident pushed the pickup truck into another semi-truck. Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help Kathy Mcnutt and Harold Goldman.
Despite life-saving measures both victims died due to their injuries. The driver of the semi-truck that caused the accident remained at the scene and cooperated with police.
Neither drugs nor alcohol appear to have been factors in the crash. An investigation into the Bakersfield truck accident remains ongoing at this time.
You can help support the family of both of the victims through the Go Fund Me page. According to the Go Fund Me organizer Jane Martin, “we’re trying to raise money for the funeral services of Kathy Mcnutt, also known as Nano. Any donations mean the world. She passed unexpectedly yesterday on the hwy 99 freeway with her boyfriend (Harold Goldman) any extra money will go towards Harold’s family also.
Preventing Truck Accidents
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), “A total of 4,102 people died in large truck crashes in 2017. Seventeen percent of these deaths were truck occupants, 68 percent were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles, and 14 percent were pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists. The number of people who died in large truck crashes was 30 percent higher in 2017 than in 2009, when it was the lowest it has been since the collection of fatal crash data began in 1975.” There are a number of measures that can be taken to help prevent semi-truck accidents including:
- Truck drivers should take periodic breaks and naps to prevent fatigue
- Truck drivers should be aware of their blind spots
- Truck drivers should slow down on unfamiliar routes
- Trucks should have regular maintenance done on them
- Technology like forward collision avoidance systems on trucks can prevent rear-end collisions
Victims of semi-truck accidents often suffer from a wide variety of very serious injuries. It’s important that evidence in semi-truck accidents is properly preserved and collected. Depending on the facts of any case in particular there may be numerous sources of liability for a semi-truck accident.
Liability In Bakersfield Semi-Truck Accidents
Semi-truck drivers have a heavy responsibility to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner. According to California Vehicle Code 21950, “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.”
A fully loaded semi-truck can weigh as much as 80,000 lbs and can be extremely difficult to stop. A number of federal and state regulations prohibit semi-trucks from traveling faster than 55 mph. But even this can be fast depending on the conditions. Driving 55 mph in bumper to bumper traffic is not just unwise it’s downright reckless. Here are just a few of the most common reasons that rear-end collisions occur:
- Driver distraction
- Driver fatigue
Fatigue, in particular, is one of the main causes of truck accidents. Truck drivers are often forced to work long hours and may not get the rest and adequate breaks that they need to stay alert. In fact, there is compelling evidence that fatigued driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. According to the Centers For Disease Control, “Being awake for at least 18 hours is the same as someone having a blood content (BAC) of 0.05%.”
If a truck driver is negligent and rear-ends another vehicle the family of any victim that died may have legal recourse through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages in a civil claim can help cover funeral expenses, lost wages, loss of love and loss of emotional support. Unfortunately, truck accident companies will often fight hard to deny liability following an accident. A truck accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal rights are.
Investigating A Bakersfield Semi-Truck Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the families of Kathy Mcnutt and Harold Goldman. This was a completely preventable tragedy that should not have taken place. Any person who may have seen what happened should reach out to the California Highway Patrol. We also strongly encourage everyone to donate to the Go Fund Me so that the victims can be given a proper funeral.
If you or someone that you love has been involved in a semi-truck accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you may have. We are committed to 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 a free investigation to get to the bottom of any accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.