• August 08, 2022

One Killed in Crash with Parked 18-Wheeler off CA-99 in Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA — August 5, 2022, one person died in a rear-end collision with a parked 18-wheeler off State Highway 99 in Bakersfield.

According to reports the incident happened around 5:00 a.m. on northbound Hwy 99 near Olive Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim's car was traveling north on the highway when he lost control for unknown reasons. The car veered east off the road and crashed through a perimeter fence, drove onto nearby State Road, then hit a parked big rig on the west dirt shoulder of State Road.

The car's driver sustained critical injuries in the crash. He was taken to an area hospital where he died a short time later.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

One Killed in Crash with Parked 18-Wheeler off Hwy 99 in Bakersfield, CA

Commentary on Bakersfield Auto Accident off Highway 99

Considering the reported circumstances of the crash I would imagine the primary focus for investigators right now is figuring out why the victim lost control. That's certainly important to learn, but at the same time I discourage getting tunnel vision about that specific detail. This early in the investigation it's best to keep an open mind and pay attention to all the possible contributing factors--to the crash itself, but also to the victim's tragic and fatal injuries.

For instance, two often-overlooked but crucial details to learn in Bakersfield are why the truck was parked on the shoulder and exactly what the driver did after stopping there. People don't always know that truck drivers have some pretty strict guidelines about both where they can stop and what they have to do next. Click the image below to learn more about the complexities of crashes with parked 18-wheelers.

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