• September 19, 2022

Carlos Cruz Serna, Martha Alicia Flores, Monte Harold Johnson Killed in Truck Accident in Kern County, CA

Kern County, CA -- September 9, 2022, Carlos Cruz Serna, Martha Flores, and Monte Johnson were killed after a tractor-trailer accident.

Authorities said that the incident took place at around 10:00 p.m. along Malaga Road at Sunset Boulevard.

Carlos Cruz Serna, Martha Flores, Monte Johnson Killed in Truck Accident in Kern County, CA

In reports, it appears that a tractor-trailer on northbound Malaga allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign. Doing so, the tractor-trailer collided with a Honda.

Due to the collision, three people were killed. Officials identified them as 51-year-old Carlos Cruz Serna, 48-year-old Martha Alaicia Flores, and 65-year-old Monte Harold Johnson. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Carlos Cruz Serna, Martha Flores, Monte Johnson Truck Accident in Kern County

These are incredibly concerning details, to say the least. Police saying someone failed to stop at a stop sign is bad enough. That person supposedly being a trained professional only raises those concerns. With all of that said, though, there is no automatic fault for a crash like this. At the end of the day, it still takes victims and families being properly prepared to actually ensure the right people are held fully accountable

Not that long, for example, I handled a crash where a truck cut someone off on the highway and caused a serious wreck. The trucking company tried to blame the victim for speeding and not wearing their seatbelt. It took us digging into the details and presenting clear, convincing evidence to the contrary before the company finally relented and cooperated to do right by the family.

Unfortunately, this is how just about every commercial truck wreck goes. It's why I do what I can to help ensure people anticipate these challenges and prepare themselves accordingly. Are those steps being taken here?

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