At about 2:15 p.m. on Monday, May 20, 32-year-old passenger Keith Michael Zeamer, of Wisconsin, was killed in a semi crash in Bakersfield. While traveling southbound on Highway 99, the 37-year-old Wisconsin man operating the big rig suffered a coughing attack while passing Norris Road, causing him to allow the vehicle to veer from the road and crash into a canal. The driver sustained minor trauma. Authorities are investigating the accident.
“When a passenger is killed in a crash, his or her family may file a wrongful death claim against the negligent driver in order to obtain compensation for their loss,” explained California truck accident attorney James Ballidis.
Bakersfield accounted for 16 of the 87 fatalities and 1,442 of the 4,278 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in collisions that occurred in Kern County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Large trucks were involved in 16 of the fatal and 206 of the injury accidents that occurred in the county that year.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Keith Michael Zeamer, the passenger who was killed in the semi crash.
The Bakersfield Californian originally reported this accident.
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