Kyra Adams California City: Motorcyclist Kyra Adams Killed In California City Semi-Truck Accident on Neuralia Road
CALIFORNIA CITY, CALIFORNIA (October 4, 2019) – A 47-year-old motorcyclist identified as Kyra Adams was killed in a motorcycle accident with a semi-truck on Neuralia Road on June 3.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the 64-year-old driver of the semi-truck told investigators that Kyra Adam crossed over into his lane and collided head-on with the semi-truck.
But investigators later determined that this was not true. In reality, the semi-truck rear-ended Kyra Adams on his motorcycle after it broke down by the side of the road.
Paramedics were called to the scene but they were not able to save the victim. Kyra Adams was later pronounced dead. The 64-year-old semi-truck driver has recently been arrested and is being charged with vehicular manslaughter.
An investigation into the police department remains ongoing.
Liability In Semi-Truck Accidents
Semi-truck drivers are held to a very high standard in terms of safety. They must get a commercial license and undergo periodic medical exams to make sure that they are fit to drive. Most of the rules regarding truck driving can be found in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Among other things truck drivers must:
- Get adequate rest before the start of their shift.
- Not have a BAC of more than 0.02 before the start of their shift.
- Not work more than 14 hours in a single shift.
- Not work more than 60 hours in a set of 7 days
Truck drivers get tired like everyone else. Illness, sleep problems and medications can all interfere with their ability to perform their job safely. In fact, fatigue is one of the leading causes of semi-truck accidents. “In a 2007 study done by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatigue was a critical factor in 13% of all accidents involving large, commercial vehicles.,” according to Sleep Help.
If a truck driver is negligent and hit a vehicle by the side of the road they are likely to face civil or even criminal liability for the accident. Like all other drivers truck drivers must operate their vehicle according to the prevailing conditions of the road. According to California Vehicle Code 22350, “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.”
There is simply no reason that a truck driver should rear-end another vehicle. This tends to be fairly strong evidence that they were either distracted, speeding or fatigued. It’s important that evidence is preserved after an accident. In many circumstances there may be no witnesses or footage of an accident. Accident reconstruction can help piece together what happened based on the aftermath of the crash.
The family of any victim that died in a truck accident may have legal recourse through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills, funeral expenses and pain and suffering. A truck accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. There are, however, statute of limitations associated with being able to file a claim so it’s important to act quickly.
Investigating A California City Truck Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Kyra Adams. The facts laid out in this case are deeply disturbing. It is very troubling that a truck driver would allegedly lie about what happened to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened for the sake of all of those affected.
If you or someone that you love has been involved in a truck accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights so that they can make informed decisions. Whether you just have questions about the law or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.