Motorcyclist killed on Taft Highway in Bakersfield

Posted: June 9, 2022

BAKERSFIELD, CA (June 9, 2022) – A motorcyclist was killed on Taft Highway in Bakersfield when he was struck by another vehicle according to KGET.

The accident occurred on Taft Highway near Heather Meadows Drive around 9 p.m. Monday as noted by the Bakersfield Police Department.

The motorcyclist suffered major injuries at the crash site and was transported to a nearby hospital. Unfortunately, he later died of his injuries.

Reports say that as the motorcyclist was traveling eastbound on Taft Highway with the other vehicle involved headed in the same direction. The driver of the vehicle made an illegal U-turn from the right lane directly in front of the motorcyclist, causing the accident.

Two motorists inside the vehicle suffered minor injuries, where one was transported to a hospital and the other remained on the scene.

The motorcyclist’s identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

We will update this story with more information as it becomes available.

Liability In Bakersfield Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclists have a naturally small profile and are more likely to be overlooked by other drivers. Many collisions are due to drivers that make dangerous lane changes. According to California Vehicle Code 22107, “No person shall turn a vehicle from a direct course or move right or left upon a roadway until such movement can be made with reasonable safety and then only after the giving of an appropriate signal in the manner provided in this chapter in the event any other vehicle may be affected by the movement.” There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to a motorcycle accident including:

  • Speeding
  • Drunk driving
  • Driver distraction
  • Inclement weather

The family of any victim that died in a motorcycle accident may be able to seek aid through a wrongful death claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. There are, however, statute of limitations associated with civil claims. Failing to act within the statute of limitations may result in a permanent forfeiture of your rights.

Investigating A Bakersfield Motorcycle Accident

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