Ricardo Gomez Perez, Manuel Velasquez Garcia Killed in Truck Accident in Kern County, CA
Kern County, CA -- July 11, 2022 Ricardo Gomez Perez and Manuel Velasquez Garcia were killed due to a head-on truck accident.
Investigators reported that the crash took place early Monday on I-5 near Twissleman Road.
According to officials, 54-year-old Ricardo Gomez Perez was in a semi-truck traveling southbound on I-5. From oncoming lanes, another truck reportedly driven by 44-year-old Manuel Velasquez Garcia lost control, went across the median, and crashed head-on into Perez's vehicle.
Due to the collision, both Perez and Garcia sustained fatal injuries. No further information about the cause of the crash is available at this time.
Commentary on Ricardo Gomez Perez, Manuel Velasquez Garcia Truck Accident in Kern County
Such a sudden, devastating accident like this no doubt leaves the lives of many in shambles. It's important folks understand what can possibly be done for those folks to make things as right as they can be following the loss of a loved one. People tend to assume police do their reports, get answers, and that's that. In reality, a crash like this can be far more complex put under a more scrutinizing lens.
A while back, for example, a family came to me about a crash in which a commercial driver experienced a sudden medical emergency and crashed. That seemed pretty darn straight-forward, but we always make sure we're getting the full story. As a result, it came to light that the medical emergency may have been sudden, but it wasn't unforeseeable.
The driver's records showed a long history of medical issues that should have disqualified him from being behind the wheel. After all, companies have a responsibility to ensure their drivers can do their jobs safely. Otherwise, they can be responsible for resulting accidents they failed to prevent. That particular company clearly didn't do their due diligence, or they simply didn't care about what they found.
To be clear, I'm not saying that happened here. My point is simply that authorities don't always prioritize crash reconstruction enough to get all the answers. This could be anything from fatigue to medical conditions to a mechanical defect to a truck that wasn't maintained properly by a negligent employer. Common or not, it's important to consider all possible factors to ensure families have the tools needed to get all the answers they can and all the help available to them.