Bakersfield, CA (February 10, 2023) – A pedestrian was declared deceased at the scene of a car accident involving a BMW sedan that took place on Thursday evening in Bakersfield. The California Highway Patrol was notified at around 8:30 p.m. on February 9 that they were needed at the scene of a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 99.
According to officials, a 23-year-old was driving a 2023 BMW on the northbound side of Highway 99 when they struck a pedestrian in the area near Panama Lane.
The impact of the crash caused the pedestrian to be ejected onto the southbound side of the roadway. The pedestrian may have been struck a second time by another vehicle.
Authorities arrived at the scene and located two white SUVs and a dark-colored sedan on the side of the roadway near the pedestrian.
The pedestrian was severely hurt as a result of the accident and was pronounced dead at the scene.
At this time, the California Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.
Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in California
Between 2009 and 2018, more than 7,500 pedestrians lost their lives in fatal crashes across our state. Far too often, these accidents are attributed to negligence. Leading factors in fatal accidents reported in California include:
- Drivers who operate their vehicles at a high rate of speed.
- Drivers who are texting while behind the wheel.
- Drivers who run red lights or pass stop signs while traveling through intersections.
- Drivers who are intoxicated by alcohol.
- Drivers who are impaired by over-the-counter or illegal drugs.
When drivers fail to act responsibly while behind the wheels of their cars, they leave the lives of everyone nearby at risk. This is particularly true for pedestrians, who are already susceptible to suffering significant injuries in crashes due to the fact that they have no protection.
If your loved one died as a result of a fatal pedestrian accident, a wrongful death lawyer in Bakersfield can help you file a wrongful death claim against the driver who is responsible. Your attorney will be able to investigate the accident for you and build a strong claim against the responsible party. Taking timely legal action is critical when it comes to maximizing your ability to get justice and hold the responsible party to account.
At Wilshire Law Firm, we understand how difficult it can be for families to move forward after losing a loved one. For this reason, we are dedicated to helping those affected by fatal auto accidents get justice. Our team has more extensive experience litigating wrongful death claims for families across the state of California. We have a proven track record as one of California’s premier personal injury law firms, having successfully recovered over $1 billion in settlements and verdicts for thousands of clients. We will help your family make a full financial recovery after the unexpected loss of a loved one. Contact our California personal injury law firm today at (800) 358-1884 to schedule a free consultation to see how our team can help your family get justice.
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