Paul Kocka, 74, Killed in Highway 126 Crash Between Fillmore and Santa Paula
VENTURA COUNTY (January 2, 2018) – A fatal traffic collision along Highway 126 took place on Saturday morning, December 30, according to Ventura County-Star.
The accident involving a big rig occurred at approximately 8:55 a.m. between Fillmore and Santa Paula.
As per the article, California Highway Patrol said 74-year-old Paul Andrew Kocka was driving a pickup truck east on Highway 126 when at the same time a Freightliner semi-trailer made a left turn onto Hall Road from a turn lane on the highway.
A 70-foot long utility pole that was carried by the truck at the time then reportedly protruded into the eastbound lanes where it was hit by Kocka. The force of the crash caused the pickup to spin into the westbound lanes of the highway.
The 74-year-old Santa Maria died as a result of the accident.
Meanwhile, the report did not indicate any information about the operator of the semi-trailer. The incident remains under investigation.
We offer our sincerest thoughts and prayers to the family members and friends of Mr. Paul Kocka during such a difficult time.
Santa Paula Wrongful Death Lawyer
A forensic examination of both the vehicle and the big rig, as well as photos that were taken of the scene, will help investigators determine which party ultimately caused the accident. Other potential factors will be looked into as well including whether or not distracted driving or speeding played a role? Could one of the drivers simply not have yielded to the right of way motorist? The investigation will also consist of looking at measurements of evidence left by the vehicles such as point of impact, final resting positions of each vehicle, skid marks, and gouge marks.
In such cases where negligence or wrongdoing may have been a factor, the family of Mr. Paul Kocka may be granted the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault party pending the investigation results. Immediate family members of the victim may have the right to seek compensation for damages including funeral costs, lost future income, and loss of love and companionship.
If your loved one has been the victim of an auto accident and you are unsure of what steps to take, contact our experienced wrongful death attorneys today at 800-235-6801 and allow us to help you with your case.
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