Fatal Crash in Bakersfield

Woman Killed in Bakersfield Crash on Highway 43

]The California Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal collision that happened Tuesday morning, August 10th. 

It was reported that the crash took place in Bakersfield around 5:00 a.m. on Highway 43 near Interstate 5. 

According to reports, a 2010 Chevrolet headed northbound collided with a 2004 southbound Chevrolet. The 2010 chevy drifted into the southbound lane, thus calling a head-on collision. 

The passenger in the 2004 Chevrolet, a 43-year-old woman named Eda Rojas-Joachin, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Additionally, the driver of the 2004 Chevy, Maria Mondragon, was transported to Kern Medical for treatment after sustaining minor injuries. The 41-year-old male driver of the 2010 Chevrolet, Juvencio Palma, sustained minor injuries as well; however he did not seek medical treatment.

The accident also caused a closure of the highway for a period of time. 

In 2020, studies showed that the state of California reported 3,723 motor-vehicle deaths which was an increase from 2019. 

In the U.S. one’s odds of dying in a car accident is around 1 in 107. 

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 be entitled to wrongful death benefits. 

It is also important to remember that in the state of California a person involved in a car accident who has sustained injuries has to file a claim within two years of the accident. 

Your insurance carrier does not always have your best interest at heart. They may try to dispute your claim or compensate you less than what you deserve. It is advised to seek legal guidance prior to reaching out to your insurer. 

If you or a loved one need legal help following an accident, contact JT Legal Group at (888) 529-3111.