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Bakersfield Car Accident Lawyers

Fighting for Kern County Residents Since 1985

NOTE: For information about our current case against Pacific Gas & Electric, click here.

Has a car accident in Bakersfield changed your life?

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.

Speak to a legal expert today about your case.

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Highway 99 in Bakersfield, CA

Bakersfield Car Accident Statistics

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.

What causes car accidents in Bakersfield?

Violations that resulted in car accidents in Bakersfield include:

  • Speeding: 27%
  • Vehicle right of way: 17%
  • Disobeying traffic signals/signs: 16%
  • Improper turning: 12%
  • Driving under the influence 11%
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road: 3%
  • Unsafe lane change: 2%
  • Pedestrian right of way: 2%
  • Unsafe starting or backing: 1%
  • Following too closely: 0.6%
  • Improper passing: 0.5%

 

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.

Types of Car Accidents in Bakersfield

The types of car accidents that took place in Bakersfield include:

  • Broadside crashes, when a car strikes the side of another vehicle, usually in an intersection: 36%
  • Rear-end crashes, when a car rams into the back of another car: 32%
  • Single- or multi-vehicle crashes that were caused by a vehicle hitting an object: 9%
  • Pedestrian knockdowns: 9%
  • Sideswipe collisions, when a vehicle strikes another vehicle traveling in the same direction while changing lanes: 6%
  • Head-on crashes: 2%
  • Rollover crashes: 1%
  • Other types of accidents: 4%

Do I really need a Bakersfield car accident lawyer?

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.

Let PARRIS fight for you.

PARRIS has won many awards for our exceptional victories for clients.

PARRIS Law Firm: Trusted Reputation

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.

Call us today for a free consultation.

R. Rex Parris

With Us, It’s Personal

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.

A History of Success for Clients

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:

  • Our client was driving his truck in Lancaster, CA, when a distracted driver ran a stop sign while on the phone with her boyfriend. The resulting crash was so severe that our client’s truck rolled three times before skidding to a stop on its side. Our client suffered life-altering injuries in the crash, yet the at-fault driver’s insurance company refused to cooperate with our investigation and help him recover. PARRIS attorneys fearlessly fought for the victim, eventually winning a $120 million verdict for the man and his family.
  • A CHP officer was pulling a speeding vehicle over on the 5 freeway when a distracted driver rear-ended him, ejecting him from his motorcycle. Our client’s debilitating injuries prevented him from ever returning to work. Though the insurance company did everything they could to avoid liability, PARRIS attorneys dismantled their case at every step. The jury awarded our clients $49.6 million.
  • PARRIS also represented two brothers involved in a serious truck accident. Our clients were on their way to Mammoth for their annual fishing trip when a big-rig crossed over into their lane, hitting them head-on. The trucking company neglected to pull the truck driver, who had a history of accidents and a criminal record prior to this incident, off the road, resulting in devastating injuries to our clients. In the end, the trucking company paid our clients $56.6 million.
  • On a busy December night in Palmdale, a distracted driver T-boned our client’s car. Because he was the back seat passenger in the vehicle, there was little to protect him from the force of another car. The accident rendered him a quadriplegic who will require daily care for the rest of his life. After taking the case to trial at the LA County Superior Court, a jury awarded our client $41.6 million.
PARRIS Lawyers Stand for Family

Client Commitment Comes First

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.

No Fees Unless We Win

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.

PARRIS Fights for Justice in Bakersfield

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.

This story has been reported in FOX58, ABC23, and Bakersfield.com.

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What can I recover in a car accident lawsuit?

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:

  • Medical bills, including those for hospital visits, prescriptions, and visiting specialists;
  • Damage to your car or the items in your vehicle;
  • Lost wages, including any future income lost due to your injuries;
  • Emotional and physical pain and suffering due to your accident; and
  • Loss of consortium damages for your family (the damage incurred by a loss of companionship)

What types of cases does PARRIS take?

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:

  • Auto accidents, including
    • Drunk driving accidents
    • Distracted driving crashes
    • Vehicular malfunction accidents
    • Crashes caused by road defects
  • Pedestrian knockdowns
  • Semi-truck crashes
  • Motorcycle crashes
  • Bike accidents
  • Vehicle accidents that take place on the job
  • Accidents resulting in the catastrophic injury or wrongful death of a loved one

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.

Contact our Bakersfield personal injury lawyers to speak with a legal expert today.

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