Bakersfield, CA (March 14, 2023) – The Bakersfield Police Department was dispatched to the scene of a car crash that took place on the southwest side of the city that claimed one person’s life.
BPD reports show that at approximately 6:16 a.m. on March 13, officers arrived at the scene of an accident on Harris Road. Upon arrival, officers located a male pedestrian who was suffering from significant injuries lying on the roadway.
Emergency crews blocked off Harris Road near Wible Road as they provided assistance. The man was rendered aid at the scene by responding officers. However, he passed away while at the scene from his injuries.
The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and cooperated with law enforcement.
The Bakersfield Police Department is investigating.
Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in California
Pedestrian accidents in California take the lives of hundreds of people each year. In 2021, more than 950 pedestrians died. This was nearly 6 percent higher than the year before. Every year, the number of pedestrian fatalities across the state of California continues to increase, despite the number of laws that we have in place. In 2021, the number of pedestrian fatalities in the state of California hit a four-decade high, raising concern throughout communities in our state.
Losing a loved one as a result of a fatal pedestrian accident can be incredibly difficult to deal with. Families are often unsure of what to do moving forward. In most cases, they face significant financial burdens related to funeral and medical expenses. Many families also lose a source of income. After losing a loved one in a fatal accident, families have the ability to file claims against those who are responsible.
In California, families of fatal crash victims often pursue wrongful death claims. These claims provide entitled parties with financial compensation for some of the damages they face. In California, there are specific parties who are entitled to file legal action after losing a loved one. These include:
- The surviving spouse of the deceased victim.
- The surviving children of the victim who lost their life.
- Their surviving parents of the victim who lost their life.
- Any surviving siblings of the victim who lost their life.
- Any person that depended on the victim financially prior to their passing.
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