Pedestrians in downtown Bakersfield should have safer routes and more of them as they travel the city. Someone on foot can be a few blocks away from their destination and yet have to go a mile or more to find a safe path to get there.
The addition of footbridges and more crosswalks would prevent injuries and save lives in Bakersfield. Driver education would also help protect those on foot. Most motorists don’t realize that they are required to show extra care towards defenseless pedestrians no matter where they are encountered.
Drivers should always proceed as if a pedestrian is nearby so that they have enough time and space to stop to avoid a tragic impact. When they don’t show this extra care, motorists can be held liable in any accident that turns someone on foot into a victim.
Pedestrian Tragically Killed in Central Bakersfield
A pedestrian was struck by a car and killed in Bakersfield Sunday night. KGET-TV reports the accident happened on Highway 178 near Golden State Avenue around 9 p.m. on July 18, 2021.
The California Highway Patrol says the victim was in the westbound lanes when struck by a Toyota car. The victim suffered severe injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene.
The driver of the Toyota remained on the scene after the collision and was later taken to Kern Medical for what were believed to be minor injuries. Highway Patrol Officers continue to investigate the accident.
Finding Help for Families After a Tragic Pedestrian Accident in Bakersfield
Families who have lost a loved one in a terrible accident should be granted as much time as they need to grieve their loss. Unfortunately, the enormous costs that can follow an accident can quickly target close relatives at such a difficult time. Family’s may be forced to the brink of bankruptcy simply by the bills that arrive in their mailbox in the first month after a tragedy.
With this hardship in mind, families are encouraged to file a wrongful death lawsuit against an at-fault driver’s auto insurance provider. This civil lawsuit would ask an insurance company to provide money for the emergency services fees that come due, and for the costs of a funeral service and burial.
The lawsuit could also protect the family in the future by providing enough support to cover the years ahead when family members will be without the future guidance and financial support the victim would have continued to provide.
Contact a Wrongful Death Lawyer in Bakersfield
After an accident claims the life of a loved one, contact an experienced Bakersfield Wrongful Death Lawyer such as Martin Gasparian. He offers a free and confidential consultation for you and your family.
Mr. Gasparian works to protect families after a tragic accident. He wants to make sure they are informed of their rights as victims. Martin Gasparian also strives to see that families receive everything needed to help ease their hardships now and in the years to come.