Fighting for Kern County Residents Since 1985
Life after a car accident can be extremely difficult. Another driver’s careless choices can devastate you and your family in just one moment.
Through no fault of your own, you might be saddled with serious injuries, lost work, and a financial situation that no one should have to bear.
After such a life-altering event, you’ll stop at nothing to make sure your family’s life is fully restored. And hiring a trustworthy legal advocate is crucial to obtaining the recovery you need.
At PARRIS Law Firm, our top-notch personal injury attorneys
have protected Bakersfield residents since 1985. When you’ve been injured in an accident, we will fight fearlessly for you until you see justice.
The city of Bakersfield lies just over the Grapevine from Los Angeles and is situated in the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley, along the Kern River. Surrounded by farmland and oil fields, the city’s roughly 400,000 residents enjoy long stretches of open road.
Unfortunately, with those open roads come negligent drivers that speed, causing hundreds of traffic accidents each year.
Bakersfield is often the first stop for those traveling north along Highway 99 to the agricultural communities throughout California’s Central Valley. For those traveling south, it is the last major metropolitan center before Santa Clarita in Los Angeles County.
Unfortunately, reckless drivers tend to speed through the city’s flat terrain towards their destination, leading to an uptick in car accidents within Bakersfield’s city limits.
According to a state database, Bakersfield experienced 1,510 car accidents in 2018. Among them, 81 caused severe injury, and 24 were fatal.
Unfortunately, a significant amount of these accidents took place on Highway 99. Other common roads for car accidents were Highway 58 (the Bakersfield-Tehachapi Highway), which runs east to west through the city, as well as east-west arterial roads Ming Avenue, White Lane, and Panama Lane.
Violations that resulted in car accidents in Bakersfield include:
Car accidents occurred most frequently in Bakersfield on Fridays from 12 noon to 9 p.m. This is likely because travelers heading north or south for the weekend often travel through Bakersfield, leading to an uptick in accidents on Friday afternoons.
On other days of the week, most collisions occurred from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The types of car accidents that took place in Bakersfield include:
While the path of least resistance might be the easiest route to take, it might not always be the best. The same holds true when dealing with an insurance company.
After your accident, the at-fault driver’s insurance company is responsible for compensating you for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and any expenses you incurred due to your accident. However, the insurance company benefits when they pay lower settlement amounts to claimants. Because of this, the at-fault driver’s insurance might lead with a settlement offer that is far lower than a fair amount for your claim.
While it might be easy to accept the first offer that comes your way from the at-fault driver’s insurance company, it may not be the best way to recover.
This is precisely why it’s so important that you have a trusted legal advocate on your side. At PARRIS Law Firm, our Bakersfield car accident attorneys have gone up against insurance companies countless times before and won.
Founded in 1985 by R. Rex Parris, the PARRIS Law Firm has fought for the victims of California accidents for nearly four decades. Our 99% success rate is a testament to the hours of dedicated work our attorneys and support staff pour into every case we receive.
And our hard work has paid off: PARRIS Law Firm has won more than $1.9 billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients.
When your rights are on the line, there’s no battle we won’t fight for you.
Founding attorney R. Rex Parris knows firsthand what it’s like to be the victim of a traffic accident. When he was just a boy, his father lost his leg in a motorcycle accident. Since then, Rex has dedicated himself to seeking justice for victims.
“From the day we started, we’ve known that injured victims desperately need great lawyers to represent them. Without that, they can’t restore the balance in their family. That is why I have committed my life to helping people overcome the physical and financial burdens that result from an accident.”
Over the course of his career, Rex has made a name for himself as one of the nation’s top trial attorneys. The Daily Journal, Metropolitan News, and the National Law Journal have each called him a trailblazer in his field. In addition to his role as the firm’s founding attorney, Rex teaches other attorneys at continuing legal education seminars and other speaking events.
When choosing an attorney, results matter—and our track record of success speaks for itself.
Thousands of clients have trusted us with their recoveries. Here are some of their stories:
Being the victim of a car accident is not a situation anyone welcomes, and the road to your physical, mental, and emotional recovery may be difficult.
At PARRIS, we’re committed to walking with you through the process. When we represent you, our top priority is making sure that you are receiving the care and support you need.
Your case will receive the services of an entire team of support staff, including a case manager, an investigative team, litigation secretaries, paralegals, and your attorneys. We’ll put in the necessary hours to prepare your case for trial to secure the outcome you need to make a full recovery.
With the legal process in our hands, you can focus your attention on healing.
At the PARRIS Law Firm, we work on contingency, meaning that you pay nothing if we don’t win. We front all the costs of your case, including filing fees, hiring experts, and conducting a thorough investigation.
If we secure a verdict or settlement for you, our payment comes as a percentage of your recovery amount. If we are not successful, you will owe no fees. This system gives our clients peace of mind while we fight for recovery on their behalf.
If you or someone you love has been hurt in an accident, don’t fight for your recovery alone. We’re here to help. Contact our team to discuss your case today.
In May 2022, PARRIS Law Firm attorneys R. Rex Parris and Alexander R. Wheeler went to trial against multi-billion dollar energy company Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) on behalf of an innocent Kern County businessman.
Jeff Alexander, owner of Bakersfield agricultural company Big N Deep, was plowing a field near Bakersfield when one of his employees struck a gas line, causing an explosion that killed one person and injured three others. In the aftermath of the explosion, PG&E released several written statements to the media, blaming Alexander for the accident and accusing him of “illegal and unsafe excavation” in Kern County.
However, PG&E’s narrative was not true. According to the complaint, PG&E failed to properly mark the gas line on the property, and failed to send a flagman to the excavation site to prevent an explosion like this from happening—a violation of their own written policies. The corporation may have blamed Alexander to cover up their own liability for the incident.
Though many of PG&E’s allegations are demonstrably false, they wreaked havoc on Alexander’s reputation within the community. In addition to the damage he incurred in the explosion, he lost millions of dollars of business.
PARRIS Law Firm continues to fight to restore justice to Alexander, and to hold behemoth PG&E responsible for the damage they inflicted on a small business owner.
The law allows the victims of car accidents in California to recover damages from the at-fault driver. These may include damages that are readily apparent following an accident, as well as issues that may develop over time. The damages you can recover may include:
As a personal injury law firm, the attorneys at PARRIS specialize in protecting the rights of people who have been injured in accidents that were not their fault. We never represent corporations, insurance companies, or government entities—we fight for the little guy.
Victims of many types of accidents have called on PARRIS to protect their rights. The types of vehicle accident cases we specialize in include:
When you go up against an insurance company, you need a fighter with a trusted track record of results for clients. You need a trusted attorney who has what it takes to protect your rights.
PARRIS Law Firm is the firm you need.