Ruth Meeks, 48, of Bakersfield, suffered major injuries in a head-on collision on December 20, 2008. According to a news report in the Bakersfield Californian, Meeks was traveling east on Highway 46 when 19-year-old Martin Kasakov of Pomona moved to pass a vehicle in the westbound lane and struck Meeks’ car just west of Lost Hills. Kasakov suffered minor injuries as a result of this Bakersfield auto accident. California Highway Patrol officials said both Meeks and Kasakov were wearing seatbelts and were taken to an area hospital for treatment of their injuries.
My heart goes out to the injured victim in this case, Ruth Meeks. I wish her the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep this victim in your prayers.
It appears to me, based on this newspaper report, that the teenager, Martin Kasakov, was to blame for this accident. I trust CHP officials will look into why Kasakov caused the head-on collision. One of many things may have happened here. Kasakov may have been driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He may have been distracted while attempting to pass the vehicle on the highway, or he may have been careless or reckless.
All of the above would amount to “negligence” in an auto accident case. The seriousness of criminal charges in this case would depend on Kasakov’s actions. If this were a DUI auto accident, then Kasakov will likely face a criminal felony DUI charge. If he were distracted or careless, he could still face a felony charge, but it is more likely to be a misdemeanor. Kasakov should also be held civilly liable for the injuries he caused Ruth Meeks.
Ruth Meeks and her family would be well-advised to retain the services of a reputed California auto accident attorney who will determine exactly who or what caused the accident and make sure that the negligent parties are held responsible. A skilled personal injury lawyer will also look into other factors that may have caused such a collision such as another vehicle or a dangerous condition on the roadway. If roadway conditions played a part in this accident then the government agency or public entity responsible for maintaining that roadway could be held liable. Any claim against a government agency must be filed within six months of the accident.