A recent early-morning Bakersfield car accident has claimed the life of a 22-year-old man and injured at least two others. According to reports, the car crashed into a utility pole near East Coma Loma Drive and Cottonwood Road. Police believe that alcohol may have contributed to the accident, which occurred shortly before 4 AM. The driver, who was injured in the fatal accident, was arrested on suspicion of DUI. The driver’s choice to drink and drive may not only have criminal consequences. The family of the 22-year-old victim may decide to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent driver. How Will a DUI Conviction Impact the Family’s Wrongful Death Case? Criminal and civil proceedings are separate and distinct. The […] Read more

Bakersfield was recently named the seventh most dangerous city in the country for pedestrians. According to the report, there were 247 pedestrian deaths in Bakersfield over the last decade. City officials dispute the report, arguing that the study actually uses data for all of Kern County, not just Bakersfield. However, more than 100 pedestrians are injured or killed in traffic accidents in Bakersfield every year. This makes Bakersfield’s roads a threat to pedestrians, regardless of how dangerous it is compared to other cities across the nation. City officials are well aware of its dangerous roads. They recently committed to making Bakersfield a safe place for pedestrians. Fewer Pedestrian Deaths in Bakersfield in Recent Years Bakersfield city officials had a good […] Read more

Top 5 Causes of Bike Accidents in Bakersfield

Many commuters are choosing to ditch their cars in favor of a bicycle. While riding a bike is better for your health and the environment, it can also be dangerous. Dozens of bicyclists are injured and killed in Bakersfield every year. Despite recent efforts to provide safe conditions for bicyclists, fatal accidents continue to happen. Earlier this month, a 32-year-old Bakersfield bicyclist was struck and killed by a truck while crossing through an intersection in Stallion Springs. The impact of the collision was so forceful that the victim was thrown from her bike. She suffered severe injuries, which were likely aggravated because she wasn’t wearing a helmet. She did not survive. The cause of the accident is still unknown. Many […] Read more