A hit-and-run pedestrian accident leading to tragic results took place on Sunday morning in Bakersfield. According to information provided by KGET, the collision occurred on September 24, 2023 at 1300 34th Street at 12:58 a.m. in the morning.
When Bakersfield Police arrived on scene, they discovered that a pedestrian was walking across or alongside the street when they were suddenly struck by an unidentified vehicle that was headed east. The driver of the vehicle continued onward without stopping. Police arrived immediately after the accident and found the pedestrian lying in the roadway.
The pedestrian, identified only as an adult male, was severely injured as a result of the accident. He was tragically pronounced deceased on scene due to the extent of his injuries. Nobody else was reportedly injured in the accident.
Police searched for the driver involved in the accident but did not yet find them. Bakersfield Police Department officials continue to investigate the accident and search for the responsible driver.
Maison Law of Bakersfield posted details regarding this collision, as well as information on the help that families can receive following a fatal pedestrian accident.
Dangers of Bakersfield Pedestrian Accidents
Because pedestrians have no protection from harm in an accident involving a vehicle, they are likely to sustain catastrophic injuries or fatalities. When a hit-and-run driver flees the scene of a pedestrian accident, the pedestrian is less likely to receive medical attention in the recommended period of time – which can quickly risk their life.
According to statistics from California’s Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS), a total of 125 pedestrian accidents occurred in Bakersfield in all of 2022. Out of these accidents, 31 people were killed and 105 individuals sustained injuries of various degrees. These accidents continue to be a real problem in Bakersfield on our major roads.
A pedestrian accident could happen in the blink of an eye due to a driver who is acting negligently or not paying close attention to the roads. It is not always easy to prove fault in one of these accidents, especially when a hit-and-run driver is involved. This is why families are urged to gain a better understanding of their legal options after a fatal pedestrian accident.
After a Fatal Pedestrian Accident in Bakersfield
Many families never expect to receive a phone call explaining that a loved one has been taken from them in a fatal pedestrian accident. When this happens to you, you may be confused about your next steps. A wrongful death claim can be stressful to pursue, especially when you have looming bills and grief to handle on the side. Grieving should be your main focus after the loss of a loved one.
Speaking with a Bakersfield pedestrian accident lawyer can help you and your family get back on your feet both financially and emotionally after a fatal accident has turned your world upside-down. We offer you and your family a free and fully confidential consultation in regards to your case. We believe that you should not have to wait until a hit-and-run driver is caught to receive the damages you need to move forward and find some normalcy in your life.
Martin Gasparian is the founder of Maison Law, a California Personal Injury Law Firm. Martin is a graduate of Georgetown University Law School and has been practicing law in California 2004. His practice focuses on helping injury victims know their rights and recover just compensation.