Two people were killed after a three-vehicle traffic collision on Interstate 5 in Bakersfield on Sunday afternoon, August 16.
The fatal collision took place on northbound I-5 near State Route 166 at around 3:00 p.m. A Ford 150 pickup truck was traveling south on I-5, the driver noticed that there was debris in the fast lane and attempted to avoid it. The Ford pickup truck driver then lost control of his vehicle and veered on the northbound lanes, causing him to collide with a Honda SUV and another semi-truck.
Due to the severity of the impact, the SUV flipped and veered off into the right side of the road. A total of four people, including the driver of the pickup truck, was hurt while two fatalities were reported as a result of the accident. All of the injured people were taken to an area hospital to receive treatment. Two passengers from the Honda were killed in the crash. They were identified as Matilde Saavedra, 56, and Courtney Louisville, who was only 15 years old. Drugs and alcohol were not considered as factors.
Fatal Multi-Vehicle Crash Investigation is Underway
The California Highway Patrol is currently investigating the cause of the collision.
Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading factors in unintentional injury deaths in California. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 3,304 fatal car accidents in California in 2017. In 2018, 48 over 100,000 people die from their injuries on average in California. These accidents are caused by a variety of reasons, such as distracted driving, drunk driving, and driver over-fatigue.
Facing cases like this alone can be quite challenging. With the help of an experienced Bakersfield accident attorney, the victims and their families won’t need to deal with the stressful paperwork that comes with filing a claim. Attorneys have the resources that can help them prove the negligence of the liable party. They can utilize their resources to re-interview important witnesses, review relevant surveillance footage from the scene, and obtain phone and texting records of the responsible party. Attorneys can also conduct an independent investigation to help the victims receive the justice they deserve.
Wrongful Death Attorney for Victims of Fatal Two-Vehicle Collisions in Kern County
Dealing with a sudden loss of a loved one due to a fatal head-on collision can be quite overwhelming and stressful.
While waiting for the official investigation results, the victim’s family is entitled to pursue a wrongful death claim with their attorney’s help. Attorneys can help their clients receive financial compensation for their medical bills, funeral expenses, pain and suffering of the victim’s family, wages the decedent would have earned in their lifetime, and loss of companionship.
Attorneys can also serve as a helpful legal guide for the victims during this difficult time. They will vigorously fight for their client’s rights and best interests while ensuring that the liable party will be held accountable for their negligence.
If you have a nagging suspicion that someone is to blame for your spouse or family member’s death, contact Arash Law. We have the resources you need to pursue justice for wrongful death and the experience to ensure fair compensation. We’re conveniently located throughout California, with offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, Riverside, Orange County, and San Diego, and are happy to visit you. Call (888) 488-1391 for a FREE Consultation with a wrongful death attorney in California.