[02-29-2024] Kern County, CA – Two People Hospitalized Following Two-Vehicle Crash in Bakersfield

[02-29-2024] Two People Hospitalized Following Two-Vehicle Crash in BakersfieldTwo people were hospitalized following a two-vehicle crash in Bakersfield on Thursday morning, February 29, 2024.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the collision happened around 6:30 a.m. on Highway 58, east of Bussell Road.

A preliminary investigation showed that Glenn O.,66, in a 2001 Toyota Rav4, had been involved in a previous collision and was disabled on the westbound lane of SR-58.

Police said that the man had exited his vehicle and was surveying the damage when another 66-year-old driver, identified as David M., in a 2019 Subaru, was traveling westbound on SR-58 at approximately 60 mph and approached the Toyota vehicle.

CHP stated that David M. did not see the Toyota driver’s vehicle due to the dense fog until just prior to impact. The combination of patchy fog in the area and unsafe speed for the roadway conditions was the factor of the collision.

Both drivers were transported to the hospital with severe injuries.

No further information was released as the investigation continued.

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What To Do After A Car Accident in California

No one can predict a car accident, but you can prepare for one. A car accident checklist in your glove box can help you stay calm and organized after a car crash. It can tell you what to do, what not to do, and how best to protect your rights. When in doubt, call us at (888) 488-1391. You aren’t alone after a serious collision.

Whether you are the injured victim or the family of a killed loved one, here’s what to do after a car accident:

  1. Stay Calm – Stay on the scene and make sure everyone is okay. Check yourself for injuries first, and then check others. Remain calm, and do not admit fault.
  2. Get to a Safe Location – Move disabled vehicles to the side of the road if you can. Put your emergency flashers on to help prevent further collisions. Get somewhere safe to wait for the police.
  3. Call 911 – Call the police to report your accident. Unless your crash was very minor, with no injuries or property damage, you should call the cops. Police can document the incident, gather information, and make it part of an official record.
  4. Exchange Information – Swap names, phone numbers, and insurance information with the other driver(s) involved in the accident. If possible, take photos of the vehicles, license plates, and other vital details.
  5. Do Not Admit Fault – Stick only to the facts of what happened when speaking with a police officer. Be as detailed as possible in your description of the collision.
  6. Seek Medical Attention – Go to the hospital or your primary doctor as soon as possible. Immediate medical care can help reduce the damage you suffer from injuries. Tests and scans can identify internal injuries that may not show symptoms yet.
  7. Report to Your Insurance Company – Most insurers have time limits for how soon you must report an accident in California. Call quickly and follow the agent’s directions for reporting your crash.
  8. Speak to Insurance Adjusters – As soon as the day of your accident, you may receive a phone call from the other party’s insurance company. You may speak to the claims adjuster but do not give away any more information than is necessary. Do not record a statement or accept an insurance settlement offer until you speak to an attorney.
  9. Create a File – Keep accident-related documents together and organized. Your file should include a copy of the police report, medical bills, the other driver’s information, injury treatment plans, and any other documents you’ve collected regarding the incident.
  10. Call Our Car Accident Lawyers – When in doubt, give us a call at (888) 488-1391. We offer free consultations so you can discuss your car crash without risk or obligation. We can determine whether your case has merit, help you talk to insurance companies, and assist you in filing a personal injury claim if necessary. Our California car accident lawyers are here for you.

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Car Accident Statistics

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 42,795 fatalities from vehicle accidents in 2022. This represents a marginal decrease of 0.3% compared to the 42,939 reported fatalities in 2021.

The fatality rate, which stood at 1.37 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles in 2021, saw a reduction to 1.35 deaths that same year. Roughly 1% more Americans were actively involved in driving activities during 2022 compared to the peak of the pandemic year.

Moreover, the number of fatalities in the last quarter of 2022 declined. This marks the third consecutive quarterly decrease in deaths, following a trend that commenced after seven consecutive quarterly increases starting in the third quarter of 2020.

As for specific states, California reported an estimated 4,407 fatalities in 2022, reflecting a 2.8% increase compared to the previous year’s count of 4,285.

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