[05-12-2024] Kern County, CA – Two People Killed After Motorcycle Collision on Highway 178 Near Kern River Canyon

[05-12-2024] Two People Killed After Motorcycle Collision on Highway 178 Near Kern River CanyonTwo people were killed after a motorcycle collision along Highway 178, Kern County, on Sunday afternoon, May 12, 2024.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the crash happened on westbound Highway 178, just west of milepost marker 24.

Authorities stated that a 77-year-old man on a Harley Davidson, along with his 75-year-old female passenger, was driving westbound on the highway when he made an unsafe turn. As a result, the rider lost control of his motorcycle, left the roadway, went down a 50-foot steep embankment, and overturned.

Emergency personnel went approximately 50 feet down into the Kern River Canyon to reach the motorcyclists.

Police said that the victims were ejected from the motorcycle following the crash. They sustained critical injuries and were pronounced dead at the scene. Alcohol and or drugs seem to be factors in the crash.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call CHP at 661-396-6600.

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8 Steps To Take After A Motorcycle Accident In Kern County

The carelessness of another driver can cause severe damage and harm the lives of others. If you or someone you know has been injured in a major vehicle accident due to someone else’s negligence, the following steps may help:

  1. Check yourself for injuries before checking on others. Afterward, seek medical attention immediately.
  2. Pull over to the side of the road or another safe area, if possible, while waiting for authorities.
  3. Stay calm, and do not admit fault.
  4. Do not settle your case with the other driver. It is essential to report your accident to the police so that there will be an official record.
  5. Collect as much relevant information as possible, such as the other driver’s name and insurer.
  6. Take photos of any relevant evidence that can help build your case.
  7. Organize all accident-related documents and information in a folder.
  8. Discuss your vehicle accident with one of our trusted California motorcycle accident lawyers. If you have trouble retrieving the police report or receiving a response from the authorities regarding your accident, Arash Law will assist you. Contact us right away at (888) 488-1391 for a free consultation.


Motorcycle Accident Statistics

According to the National Safety Council, motorcycles account for 3% of all vehicles registered in the U.S. and about 0.6% of miles traveled. In 2021, they were responsible for 14% of all traffic fatalities, 17% of occupant fatality rates, and 3% of all occupant injuries.

In 2021, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported an 8% increase in motorcycle-related deaths. There were 5,932 fatalities, compared to the total of 5,506 recorded in the previous year. Arash Law encourages all motorcyclists to travel safely and for drivers to be mindful of riders on the road.

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