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UPDATE: Richard Kittle Died In Santa Maria Big Rig Truck Accident Near The Intersection of North Broadway just past Preisker Lane


Jun 22, 2019

Richard Kittle Santa Maria: Richard Kittle Died In Santa Maria Big Rig Truck Accident While Riding A Motorcycle Near The Intersection of North Broadway just past Preisker Lane

SANTA MARIA, CALIFORNIA (June 21, 2019) – A man from Louisiana identified as Richard Kittle has tragically died in a motorcycle accident involving a semi-truck by North Broadway and Preisker Lane.

California Highway Patrol are saying that Richard Kittle was in California in order to work. A semi-truck driver was making a left when he collided with the motorcycle driven by Richard Kittle. 

The victim was thrown off of his motorcycle and sustained serious injuries. Paramedics rushed to the scene in order to help the victim. 

But he later died due to his injuries. There is an ongoing investigation into the source of the accident. 

Preventing Truck Accidents

Over 35,000 people are killed every year in car accidents. Those that do not die are often left with catastrophic injuries and high medical bills. But it doesn’t have to be like this. There are a number of measures that truck drivers can make in order to reduce the likelihood of accidents including:

  • Moving slowly: Speed is far too often a major factor in fatal crashes.
  • Plan Trips: Planning a trip can be stressful, but it is necessary for safe travel. Truck drivers should also be using GPS designed specifically for large trucks.
  • Be Thorough: Always check your blind spots and use your spotter when needed. 

Fatigue is the number one reason for truck accidents. Drivers are put under pressure to complete their routes as quickly as possible and they naturally get tired. There are federal regulations to limit fatigued driving, but it isn’t always effective. Depending on the facts of any case, there may be numerous sources of liability for a truck accident. 

Liability In Truck Accidents

Truck drivers have a responsibility to operate their vehicles 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.” 

Truck drivers should slow down and remain vigilant as they are preparing to make a left turn. They must yield the right of way to drivers that are close enough so as to pose an immediate hazard. Drivers that are involved in accidents while making left turns will typically be held at fault unless they had a green arrow. It’s important that surveillance footage and eye witness testimony are preserved following an accident. 

The family of any victim that died in a truck accident may have legal recourse under California Code of Civil Procedure 3777.60. Damages in a civil claim may include compensation for lost wages, funeral expenses, medical bills and pain and suffering. Unfortunately, truck companies will often work hard to try to deny liability for an accident. A truck accident attorney can investigate all of the facts of your case and let you know what your rights are.

Investigating A Truck Accident 

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Richard Kittle. It is our sincere hope that the California Highway Patrol will investigate thoroughly and get to the bottom of what happened. The family of the victim deserves answers. To what extent did the actions of this semi-truck driver possibly contribute to this tragedy? 

Have you or someone that you care about been involved in a semi-truck accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to assist in any way that we can. We can investigate your case free of cost or answer any questions that you may have about your rights. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are treated fairly. Whether you need more information about an accident or you just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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