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Head-On Crash Claims Life of 42-Year-Old Man on Hwy 178 in Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA – On the morning of Saturday, March 30, 2024, a head-on collision on Highway 178 claimed the life of a 42-year-old man and left three others with major injuries, as reported by KBAK.

According to authorities, the collision occurred west of Doyle Ranch, between Weldon and Onyx, between a Subaru traveling eastbound on Highway 178, with the driver and a passenger onboard, and a Toyota traveling in the opposite direction with its driver and passenger.

Preliminary investigations indicate that the Subaru and Toyota collided head-on around 10:31 AM. Tragically, the driver of the Subaru succumbed to their injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Toyota, along with the passengers from both vehicles, sustained major injuries and were promptly transported to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.

The identity of the deceased individual will be disclosed at a later time by the Kern County Coroner’s Office, pending family notifications.

Authorities are looking into the possibility of driver intoxication contributing to the crash.

Liability, Personal Injury, and Wrongful Death

The sudden loss of a loved one in a vehicular accident can leave their surviving family and friends with sudden unexpected costs in the form of medical expenses, burial fees, and the loss of income to support any dependents of the deceased. These can add a financial insult to the emotional injury of their grief.

Some may feel that have nowhere else to turn except for crowd-sourced fundraising sites, not knowing that a knowledgeable personal injury attorney can help them win compensation for their loss in the form of a Personal Injury or Wrongful Death claim filed with the insurance provider of the party or parties responsible.

Those involved in a vehicular accident that results in injury or death should know that there do not have to be criminal charges or a conviction before they can make an insurance claim. A personal injury attorney can help victims and their families to sort through issues of liability, gather evidence regarding their case, and negotiate with insurance providers on their behalf.

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