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Bakersfield, CA – Fatal Head-On Crash Takes 1 Life on Hwy 178 near Kern River

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Bakersfield, CA (October 13, 2021) – A man lost his life in a fatal head-on collision that occurred on a highway at the top of the Kern River in Bakersfield. The wreck was reported on the evening of Tuesday, October 12 at around 5:15 p.m.

Information from the California Highway Patrol stated that the incident occurred in the westbound lanes of Highway 178 when the man was involved in a head-on crash with a Ford Explorer. The cause of the incident remains under investigation by CHP. 

The man was pronounced deceased by medical personnel who responded to the scene. His identity has not been released at this time. 

The driver of the Ford Explorer, identified as a 68-year-old woman from Wofford Heights, sustained moderate injuries in the collision. Traffic was backed up in the area for some time while responders worked to secure the scene. 

No further information has been reported at this time. We would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family of the deceased victim. 

Bakersfield Auto Accidents

Being involved in a car crash can have a lasting impact on the lives of victims and their families. More than 270,000 accidents take place in our state each year. Although we want everyone to walk away from accidents without any issues, this is not the case.

 Automobile accidents throughout the state of California claim the lives of more than 3,200 people each year. The vast majority of these accidents are caused by human error. In fact, statistics show that reckless driving, negligence, speeding, driving while impaired, and other careless actions while operating vehicles contribute to around 80% of collisions each year. 

For nearly four decades, the Bakersfield car accident attorneys at Torem & Associates have helped guide families after losing loved ones in accidents resulting from the negligence of other motorists sharing the road. Our attorneys strive to help our clients better understand the options available to them moving forward. This helps to ensure that they are able to maximize their recoveries and get the justice they deserve for their loved ones. 

Wrongful Death Attorneys in Bakersfield

Losing a loved one under any circumstances can be challenging to accept. Knowing that your loved one lost their life in a preventable accident just makes the situation even more emotional. Not only are families forced to endure endless mental and emotional suffering, but they are often required to spend tens of thousands of dollars on medical treatment, property damages, funeral services, and more. After enduring the loss of a loved one in an accident, caused by the negligent actions of others, families can reach out to a wrongful death attorney in Bakersfield to explore legal options available to them moving forward.

Through our keen attention to detail and extensive knowledge of personal injury laws in California, we are able to provide our clients with competent and trusted legal representation to help our clients win so they can hold wrongdoers accountable for their actions. If your loved one lost their life in a preventable accident, reach out to one of our personal injury attorneys in Bakersfield by calling (888) 500-5000. Our team is available to meet with you and discuss legal options available to help you recover.

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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