Two people were killed after a fatal wrong-way traffic collision in Bakersfield on early Saturday morning, June 5th.
The fatal accident happened on Interstate 15 near Lerdo Highway in Bakersfield at around 2:00 a.m.
A wrong-way driver reportedly collided with another vehicle on Interstate 5 for unclear reasons. The circumstances leading up to the accident have not been established.
Both of the drivers were killed as a result of the collision. It is unknown whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the collision.
The California Highway Patrol is currently working on determining the cause of the accident and the liability.
Fatal Wrong-Way Collision Statistics
Head-on accidents can lead to severe injuries. Many of these injuries are permanent, and permanent injuries can lead to a lifetime of pain and suffering. These injuries’ financial costs are staggering: a lifetime of medical bills and lost wages for decades of work can quickly run in the millions of dollars.
Sadly, not all victims will be able to survive a head-on crash. Head-on collisions are also one of the deadliest types of traffic collisions as the force is stronger. In this case, the cause of the head-on collision is wrong-way driving.
Every year, approximately 355 people are killed in the U.S. due to wrong-way drivers. With the average number of wrong-way collision deaths at 265, 1.34 fatalities per wrong-way death are calculated. These accidents are caused by various reasons, such as distracted driving, drunk driving, and driver over-fatigue.
Wrongful Death Attorney for Victims of Fatal Wrong-Way Collisions in Kern County
Surviving family members have the right to sue a negligent driver for wrongful death after a fatal head-on collision. In a wrongful death suit, the survivors sue the person responsible for an untimely death and the financial losses they caused.
These losses can include funeral and burial expenses, as well as all the lost wages the victim would have earned between the time of the accident and his or her expected retirement.
Our lawyers from Arash Law are here to help you with your case. Our firm has over decades worth of experience and resources to help our clients receive the justice they deserve. We’re conveniently located throughout California, with offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, Riverside, Orange County, and San Diego, and we are happy to visit you. Call (888) 488-1391 for a FREE Consultation with a wrongful death attorney in California.