4 Injured & 2 Killed on Wheeler Ridge Road
A 28-year-old man and 34-year-old man died as the result of a head-on collision in Bakersfield on Tuesday night.
Reports included that the crash occurred at 10:20 p.m. on Wheeler Ridge Road on December 28th.
According to CHP, the 28-year-old man was traveling north in an Acura before drifting into oncoming traffic.
As a result, he hit a Honda head-on, which was driven by the 34-year-old man.
Sadly, both men died at the scene and both vehicles also sustained major damage.
In addition, three children under the age of 10 who were passengers in the Honda suffered major injuries. Another adult passenger in the Honda also suffered major injuries and all four were taken to Kern Medical.
Neither drugs or alcohol were suspected to play a factor in the collision.
Authorities also shut down the roadway at Sebastian Road for a period of time.
The accident remains under investigation.
Head-on collisions are without a doubt the most dangerous types of crashes. They may only account for 2% of accidents, however they make up 10% of all deadly crashes.
The Fatal Analysis Reporting System (FARS) has found that:
- 75% of head-on crashes happen in rural areas
- They are most common on two-lane highways
- Failure in negotiating a curve on the road causes 23% of all fatal head-on collisions
- 58% of head-on collisions result in a fatality
If your injuries are caused by the negligence of a third party you may be entitled to compensation. In the event of a death, families may also be entitled to wrongful death benefits.
If you or a loved one need legal help following an accident, contact JT Legal Group at (888) 529-3111.