Bakersfield, CA (October 16, 2022) – On Thursday night, October 13, an accident was reported in Bakersfield involving a pedestrian and a vehicle that tragically resulted in the pedestrian’s death.
According to reports from the California Highway Patrol, the accident occurred in the area between Highway 99 and the off-ramp for Hosking Avenue. A pedestrian was attempting to cross the road when they were struck by a GMC at 50-60 mph. The officials report that the driver of the GMC did not notice the pedestrian in time, but when they did see the pedestrian, they tried to avoid hitting the person, but it was too late.
Paramedics were immediately called and arrived on the scene within minutes and assessed the pedestrian’s injuries and provided medical care. The pedestrian sustained very severe injuries. Sadly, the person’s injuries were too serious, and the person passed away. The pedestrian’s name has not been released at this time. No one else was injured as a result of the accident. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and was cooperative with the police.
Police are still investigating the circumstances leading up to the crash. Highway 99 to Hosking Avenue was closed for several hours as police conducted their investigation.
We extend our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time. Our thoughts are with all those who have been affected by this tragedy.
Pedestrian accidents in California are a common occurrence. California has some of the most beautiful weather in the country, which may be why California also has more pedestrian accidents than any other state in the country since more people are outdoors enjoying the weather. In 2018, California reported almost 900 deaths from pedestrian accidents with vehicles, which was a 25 percent increase from 2014. There is nothing a pedestrian can do to protect themselves from suddenly being hit by a car. Pedestrians are especially vulnerable when involved in an accident with a motor vehicle and often very serious injuries or fatalities result.
Under the law, drivers are held to a high standard called a duty of care, to avoid causing harm to others. Drivers are held to this standard because of the realization that vehicles can inflict great bodily harm on others if not careful. This duty of care extends to pedestrians also. Drivers must maintain a proper lookout for pedestrians and operate their vehicles in such a manner to maintain control and avoid hitting or causing harm to a pedestrian on the sidewalk, crosswalk, road, or wherever else they come in contact with the pedestrian. This duty of care is breached when a pedestrian is hit by a car.
If someone you love was killed in a pedestrian accident, you can file a wrongful death suit seeking compensation for damages that have been incurred, which may include medical expenses, funeral expenses, lost future income and benefits, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of companionship. While no monetary value can replace your loved one’s life, filing a wrongful death suit can bring closure and help ease the stress of any financial burdens caused by their death. Insurance companies have strict filing deadlines, so you will want to speak to an attorney soon.
If you have lost somebody you love in a pedestrian car accident, speak with a legal advocate that you can trust. Please do not hesitate to contact a Bakersfield wrongful death attorney by calling (888) 539-3154 to see how we can help you.
Note: This post was created through the use of secondary sources such as state and local news sources, police accident reports, social media platforms, and eyewitness accounts about serious injury accidents that take place in Orange County. The facts surrounding this accident have not been independently verified, therefore, if any information is incorrect, please contact Russell & Lazarus APC, Personal Injury Lawyer so we can update the post with the most accurate information available. We will remove this post upon request.
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