Kylee Moss Bakersfield: Kylee Jordyn Moss Killed In Bakersfield Semi-Truck Accident along Highway 178 at Rancheria Road
BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA (October 26, 2019) – A 27-year-old woman identified as Kylee Jordyn Moss has tragically died in a semi-truck accident along Highway 178 by Rancheria Road.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 5:35 p.m. on October 24th. Kylee Jordyn Moss was a passenger in a green SUV when a tractor trailer turned into the path of the vehicle at Highway 178.
The green SUV collided with the semi-truck causing major damage to the vehicle. The driver sustained minor injuries, but Kylee Jordyn Moss sustained major injuries.
Paramedics rushed to the scene in order to help the victims. Despite life-saving efforts Kylee Jordyn Moss later died due to her injuries.
The driver of the semi-truck remained at the scene and cooperated with authorities.
Liability In Bakersfield Semi-Truck Accidents
According to data from the NHTSA, “In 2014, 85 percent of the large trucks involved in fatal traffic crashes were heavy large trucks (GVWR > 26,000 lbs.). In 2014 there were 3,903 people killed and an estimated 111,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks. In the United States, an estimated 438,000 large trucks were involved in police-reported traffic crashes during 2014.” There are a number of factors commonly associate with fatal truck accidents including:
- Brake problems
- Traffic flow interruption (congestion, previous crash)
- Prescription drug use
- Traveling too fast for conditions
Fatigue, in particular, is the number one factor associated with fatal truck accidents. In fact, driving while fatigued can be just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. According to the Sleep Foundation, “Drowsy driving is dangerous because sleep deprivation can have similar effects on your body as drinking alcohol. Being awake for 18 hours straight makes you drive like you have a blood alcohol level of .05 (for reference, .08 is considered drunk). If you’ve been awake for a full 24 hours and drive—say, after a night where you just couldn’t fall asleep—it’s like you have a blood alcohol level of .10.”
Unfortunately, truck drivers are often put under an enormous amount of pressure to complete their routes as fast as possible. Truck company coercion far too frequently leads to driver fatigue thereby increasing the likelihood of accidents. There are federal limits on how many hours a truck driver can work in a week and in a day. Truck drivers are not supposed to drive more than 14 hours in a single day. Unfortunately, these rules are not always followed.
If a truck driver makes a turn in front of another vehicle they will likely be held at fault in the event of an accident. Drivers are supposed to yield the right of way to vehicles that are close enough to pose a hazard. According to California Vehicle Code 21801, “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left or to complete a U-turn upon a highway, or to turn left into public or private property, or an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction which are close enough to constitute a hazard at any time during the turning movement.” Victims of semi-truck accidents are protected by a number of laws.
The family of any victim that died in a truck accident may have legal recourse through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. California’s wrongful death statute affords the family of the victim a number of benefits including damages for lost wages, funeral expenses, medical bills and pain and suffering. Commercial trucks are equipped with event data recorders (EDRs). It’s important that is and other forms of evidence are properly preserved. A truck accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and get you the answers that you deserve about what happened.
Investigating A Bakersfield Truck Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Kylee Jordyn Moss. Any person that may have seen the accident should reach out to the Bakersfield police department. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of the victim’s family. This accident should not have taken place.
If you or someone that you care about has been involved in a truck accident there are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have about the law. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that proactive measures are put in place to make our streets safer. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285