Two-Vehicle Crash in West Bakersfield Kills Motorcyclist

Motorcyclist Fails to Stop at Red Light on Stockdale Highway Intersection

A two-vehicle crash caused the death of a motorcyclist after colliding with a motor vehicle in West Bakersfield on September 17. The accident happened at the Stockdale Highway intersection with Coffee Road. Officers with the Bakersfield Police Department stated that the motorcycle rider was identified as a local resident, age 45. He died at the scene of the accident. 

Investigation Into the Fatal Two-Vehicle Crash Ongoing

The vehicle driver was uninjured in the collision and stayed at the motorcycle accident scene, cooperating with the investigators into the cause of the crash. As a result of the initial investigation, it was alleged that the motorcyclist ran through a red light and crashed into the vehicle. An investigation into the accident is ongoing. Those who have information about the fatal two-vehicle crash are asked to call the police department at (661) 327-7111 or the investigation team for major collisions at (661) 326-3967.

Are There Reasons Other Than Negligence That Can Cause a Two-Vehicle Crash?

Although most accidents are caused by some type of negligence, there are several reasons a crash can happen involving a motorcycle such as:

  • Deficiencies in the brakes or tires, as well as problems with the fuel system, can cause fatal motorcycle accidents. If the motorcycle is involved in a collision, keep it so the bike can be examined for potential defects. Manufacturers, parts suppliers and others may be held liable if they caused or contributed to the two-vehicle crash. An injury lawyer can help you file a product liability claim to recover damages. In California, negligence doesn’t have to be shown, only that the part in question remained unaltered and was used in the way it was designed.
  • Government road neglect: Potholes, upheavals in pavement and debris are examples of inadequate road maintenance that can result in fatal motorcycle accidents. The government agency responsible for maintaining the area or property can be sued in these cases. A lawyer can, however, help you with the process since the statute of limitations for suing a government entity is much shorter than for other types of personal injury lawsuits. Government entities have a six-month deadline in which an injured person can file a claim.

Dealing With Insurance Companies

Because of a false impression of motorcyclists by some people and juries, having a lawyer handle your case who understands what they are really like and defends these false impressions can mean the difference in whether or not you recover compensation. At, we have successfully handled so many personal injury and wrongful death cases involving motorcyclists that I wrote The California Motorcycle Accident Handbook, which answers questions riders commonly ask when they’ve been injured in a collision.

Can I Afford to Hire an Injury Lawyer?

Yes, you can. Injury lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means you pay nothing unless your case is won. We are upfront about what it will cost you when you retain us. In addition, when a grieving family or injured party uses a lawyer, they commonly obtain two to three times the compensation they would if they handled the claim themselves.

Wrongful Death Lawyers

I am Ed Smith, a wrongful death lawyer. If you lose your loved one in a motorcycle collision caused by a negligent driver, contact us for compassionate, free and friendly advice at (916) 921-6400 or toll-free at (800) 404-5400. In addition, we can be reached online.

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