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Bakersfield, CA – David Victor James Hamilton & Billy Shane Travis Killed in Fatal Crash on I-5 near SR 43

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Bakersfield, CA (June 25, 2021) – At approximately 11:00 a.m. on the morning of Wednesday, June 23, an auto accident was reported to authorities in Bakersfield that ended two lives. 

Sources state that the incident occurred on I-5 near State Route 43. Two men, identified as David Victor James Hamilton, age 51, of Modesto, as well as 44-year-old Billy Shane Travis of Ripon both lost their lives in the crash. Officials found an overturned vehicle that had slammed into the center divider on the interstate when they arrived at the scene.  

The area was blocked off by investigators for an extended period of time on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 23 while police, paramedics, and fire crews worked to clear the scene. Delays in traffic were observed in the area for some time after the crash occurred and local drivers were forced to find alternate travel routes. 

Authorities in Bakersfield continue to investigate. 

We would like to offer our sincere condolences to the families of the deceased victims at this time. 

Fatal Accidents in California

California is one of the most heavily populated states in the nation. With its year-round nice weather and abundant entertainment, the Golden State is a popular destination for vacationers and tourists as well. Sadly, more people usually means more accidents. On average, California sees almost 500,000 car accidents per year. This is a higher annual accident rate than any other US state. More than 250,000 sustain injuries and over 3,500 lose their lives in these collisions. Daily, over 400 people are hurt in car accidents in California. 

Based on the kind of car accident, the odds of critical and life-threatening injuries may be higher for certain people. There are many instances where car accident victims receive traumatic brain injuries, injuries to their spinal cord, broken and fractured bones, as well as additional injuries that leave them to deal with emotional trauma and overwhelming physical pain. Even though a majority of motor vehicle collisions end with only minor injuries to the people involved, additional tens of thousands of victims will necessitate hospitalization, surgeries, and emergency medical treatment for their injuries.

In the horrible circumstance that you have lost a loved one due to the negligence or carelessness of another driver, allow a wrongful death attorney in Bakersfield to help you figure out what to do next. You may be entitled to significant financial compensation that can cover things like funeral costs, outstanding medical bills, and more. 

Working with an aggressive and skilled legal team in the aftermath of your car accident can make a huge difference in your ability to recover. Since 1983, California personal injury attorneys at Torem & Associates have helped thousands of victims throughout Los Angeles County and southern California defend their legal rights after being injured in accidents that were caused by reckless and negligent drivers.

We provide reliable and aggressive legal representation to make sure that our clients are in the best position possible to move forward, get the medical treatment they need for their injuries and recovery. If you have been injured in an accident, and you believe a negligent driver caused your accident, contact our personal injury law firm in Los Angeles at (888) 500-5000 to see how we can help you.

Note: Our team of writers utilizes secondary sources when creating these posts.  These sources include but are not limited to local news reports, police accident reports, and eyewitness accounts about serious injury accidents in Bakersfield.  For that reason, the details surrounding the incident have not been independently verified by our team of writers.  If you locate any information that is not correct in our post, please contact our firm right away so that we correct the post to reflect the most accurate information available.  

Disclaimer: Our firm, Torem & Associates, has worked hard to become valued members of the local business community.  We write these posts as a way to bring awareness to the dangers of driving or being a passenger in any type of automobile accident. We hope that through awareness, people will use additional caution when out on the roadways in Bakersfield and throughout California to prevent being seriously injured in a crash. This post is not intended to be a solicitation for business. The information provided in this post is meant to be informational and is not intended to be misconstrued as legal or medical advice. The photos used in the post are not representative of the actual accident scene. 


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