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What You Need To Know As A Bakersfield Motorcyclist

There are over 800,000 motorcycles registered in the state of California, which is more than any state in the country. Motorcycling is especially popular in the California area, which is regularly proclaimed as one of the most scenic and enjoyable places in the country to ride a motorcycle.

While Bakersfield does not have nearly as many motorcyclists as Los Angeles, the disparity in population only makes its motorcycle statistics that much more alarming. When adjusted for population size, motorcycle accident statistics for Bakersfield are worse than for Los Angeles, a city with more square footage and a significantly larger population. 

A motorcycle accident can cause drastic consequences. Even with helmets and proper safety equipment, most motorcycle accident victims will require extensive medical care and rehabilitation services for an extended period of time, and possibly for the rest of their lives. Recovering from a motorcycle accident is a long journey, but you’re not alone.

The experienced team of Bakersfield motorcycle accident lawyers at West Coast Trial Lawyers has decades of experience fighting for the rights of motorcycle accident victims. We understand the difficulties you are facing and we are committed to getting your life back on track. Our team of Bakersfield motorcycle accident lawyers will deal with the insurance companies and recover the compensation you deserve so that you can focus on your recovery and on the ones you care most about.

Bakersfield Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Below is a list of the most recent (2017) motorcycle accident statistics for Bakersfield and Kern County:

  • 261 motorcycle accidents occurred in Kern County in 2017 and 77 (30%) were within Bakersfield city limits.
  • Of the 261 motorcycle accidents in Kern County, 20 were fatal (8%). Of the 77 Bakersfield accidents, 8 were fatal (over 10%).
  • 207 of the 261 (almost 80%) Kern County motorcycle accidents involved injuries. This percentage (80%) is the same in Bakersfield, where 61 of 77 accidents involved injuries.
  • The most dangerous hour for a motorcyclist in Bakersfield and Kern County was during rush hour traffic (5:00-6:00 p.m.).
  • The highest number of serious accidents occurred between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Bakersfield Motorcycle Risk Factors

California law may actually be responsible for directly contributing to the horrific motorcycle accident statistics seen in Bakersfield. California is one of the few states in the country that allows lane splitting, a dangerous practice which allows motorcyclists to drive on the lane divider between slow moving or stopped vehicles.

Lane splitting was originally designed to help motorcyclists move faster through slow traffic, but it also places them at a greater risk of impact, because some drivers aren’t accustomed — or willing — to share the road with lane splitting motorcyclists. In theory, lane splitting makes sense. However, the consensus is that it has caused more harm than good.

The practice of lane splitting is particularly relevant to Bakersfield and Kern County. Highway 99 runs straight through the heart of Kern County, and it serves to connect Bakersfield with the rest of California. Unfortunately, Highway 99 was declared the deadliest road in America as recently as 2016.

Why did Highway 99 earn that distinction in 2016? 264 fatal accidents took place on Highway 99 between 2011-2015, and 72 of those fatalities involved a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  Highway 99, which runs for over 400 miles, had the most fatalities per 100 miles — over 63. To contextualize these numbers, only 60 miles of Highway 99 run through Kern County. In other words: motorcyclists, be careful out there. 

Damages Available in Motorcycle Accident Cases

The Bakersfield motorcycle accident lawyers at West Coast Trial Lawyers have years of experience helping people who were seriously injured or killed after a motorcycle crash.

We will explain all your options and develop a plan to recover all the compensation you are entitled to, including:

  • Loss of Earning Capacity.
  • Medical Expenses.
  • Loss of Income.
  • Emotional Distress, Physical Pain, and Mental Suffering.
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life. 
  • Loss of Consortium.

Common Questions About Motorcycle Accidents

As a Bakersfield personal injury law firm that specializes in motorcycle accidents, there are many questions and concerns we can answer for you. Our team of experienced Bakersfield motorcycle accident lawyers have created several resources tailored to motorcycle accident victims who have suffered injury or loss. To learn more, please visit:

Our Team is Here to Help

If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle accident in the Bakersfield area, contact an experienced Bakersfield motorcycle accident lawyer at West Coast Trial Lawyers today. Our attorneys will help get you the maximum compensation for your short and long-term medical care and other losses and damages. Consultations with a dedicated Bakersfield motorcycle accident lawyer at our firm are always free, and you only pay when we get you compensation for your injuries. You can reach our friendly staff today by emailing us at or by calling toll free at (661) 347-3610.

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