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Fatal Head-On Crash in Bakersfield Claims One Life; Driver Impairment Suspected

BAKERSFIELD, CA — The California Highway Patrol believes driver impairment may be a factor in a head-on collision that occurred in Bakersfield on Thursday, January 18, 2024, which resulted in one death, according to KBAK.

At approximately 7:19 AM, CHP officers responded to reports of a head-on crash on Tehachapi Willow Springs Road, situated south of Oak Creek Road.

The collision involved a 2023 Hyundai Tucson, driven by an unidentified male, traveling northbound on Tehachapi Willow Springs Road. Simultaneously, a 37-year-old Tehachapi woman was operating a 2024 BMW southbound on the same road.

The two vehicles collided in a head-on impact. The driver of the Hyundai was pronounced dead at the scene.

CHP has indicated that, at this time, driver impairment is suspected as a contributing factor to the collision. The investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash is ongoing.

Wrongful Death Claims

When families lose a loved one as a result of another person’s reckless driving, they may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim with the insurance provider of the at-fault driver. The compensation provided by a wrongful death claim can help relieve the financial burdens associated with hospital bills, burial costs, and the loss of income to support any dependents of the deceased.

Insurance companies have it in their interest to minimize the payout for any insurance claim they cannot outright deny. That is why the help of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney can prove crucial in securing justice for grieving families.

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