Travel across rural highways in Kern County can include many hazards that even safe drivers aren’t expecting. A reckless decision by one driver can suddenly put other motorists in harm’s way.
Random careless mistakes are expected, but some drivers put others at risk needlessly with the thoughtless decision to consume alcohol or drugs and then get behind the wheel. This extremely dangerous choice has the potential to end in a devastating crash.
DUI Suspect Arrested After Fatal Head-On Crash in Kern County
A man was tragically killed after a head-on collision with a DUI suspect Friday night in Kern County, east of Bakersfield. KGET-TV reports the accident occurred along Highway 50, west of the General Beale Road exit on June 17, 2022.
The California Highway Patrol responded to the scene in the eastbound lanes at 8:17 p.m. Investigators determined that a woman driving a Nissan Sentra westbound made an unsafe turn that caused her to leave the road. She then crossed over the median into eastbound lanes. Her vehicle struck an eastbound Chevy Silverado pickup head-on. The truck then rolled several times.
The man driving the pickup, a 52-year-old from San Ramon, was pronounced dead at the site of the crash. The woman driving the Nissan, a 27-year-old San Mateo resident, was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
The woman was also arrested on suspicion of murder, gross vehicular manslaughter, and felony DUI. Anyone with additional information about the incident or the drivers involved is asked to call the Bakersfield Highway Patrol Office.
Support for Families After a Kern County DUI Accident
Families who have lost a loved one to a tragic DUI-related accident will wonder how they’ll be able to earn justice for the deceased. Close relatives like a spouse or children will also face funeral bills and ambulance fees over a crash their loved one wasn’t to blame for.
In California, a relative may file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the rest of the family. This claim seeks help with all bills stemming from a fatal accident. It also seeks money to replace the income the deceased can no longer provide.
When the drivers to blame are accused of DUI, they’ll be facing criminal charges. However, families don’t have to wait on the outcome of a trial to receive support. A family’s civil claim can move forward independently of any criminal proceedings and resolve in an insurance settlement.
Contact a California Car Accident Attorney Serving the Central Valley and Contra Costa County
After a careless accident has claimed a loved one’s life, make sure your family has what they need to pay their bills now and in the future. A reckless driver’s mistake may have robbed you of the guidance and financial support the deceased can no longer provide, but a California Car Accident Lawyer can at least help you recover that lost economic contribution. A fair wrongful death claim settlement ensures that your family won’t face a financial crisis in the years to come.
To make sure your family is protected from an insurance company’s unhelpful practices, contact an experienced attorney like Martin Gasparian, the founder of Maison Law. He offers a free and confidential case consultation to all victimized families. Mr. Gasparian works closely with families to earn the support they’ll need to rebuild their lives.