Several individuals were injured in a car accident involving a stolen vehicle that took place in Bakersfield on Wednesday night, August 23, 2023. Bakersfield Police Department officials responded to the scene around 8:11 p.m. at the intersection of California Avenue and Union Avenue.
KGET reports that deputies first received a report of a stolen vehicle on Bradley Avenue. When Kern County Sheriff’s deputies and BPD officials pursued the vehicle, the driver fled. Police confirmed that the driver of the stolen vehicle eventually crashed at the California and Union Avenue intersection some time later, involving a second vehicle.
Paramedics and several other responders were dispatched to the scene. Three to four people sustained injuries in the accident, with their injuries ranging anywhere from minor to moderate.
Police took the suspect who stole the vehicle into custody, though any charges have not yet been announced.
Car Accident Dangers in Bakersfield
According to information provided by SWITRS, a total of 1,278 crashes took place in Bakersfield in the entire year of 2022. Out of these accidents, 1,904 people sustained injuries and 33 lost their lives.
When a driver is in a stolen vehicle or traveling at high speeds, a car accident is more likely to happen, especially when a police pursuit is initiated. Luckily, the law is on the side of victims who are harmed because of these accidents.
A word for victims and families who have been harmed due to a Bakersfield car accident…
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a Bakersfield car accident or anywhere throughout Kern County, it is important that you keep your legal options in mind. The insurance company might try to contact you soon after your accident and offer you a small settlement that does not cover all of your damages. Speaking with a local attorney can help you receive full support during these overwhelming times.
You can read more about how to deal with the insurance company and how an attorney can help you with car accident claims in Bakersfield and surrounding areas.