17-Year-Old Boy Hospitalized after Bakersfield Motorcycle Crash at Monitor Street and Berkshire Road
Bakersfield, California (March 26, 2020) – Police are investigating a traffic collision involving a 17-year-old boy riding a pocket motorcycle and a vehicle that happened in Bakersfield Thursday afternoon.
Authorities said the teenager was riding a miniature motorcycle southbound on Monitor Street when, for unknown reasons, he was struck by a vehicle that was heading westbound on Berkshire Road.
The boy, who was not wearing a helmet, sustained moderate to major injuries in the crash. He was taken to a nearby hospital and was listed in critical condition.
The female driver of the vehicle involved stopped at the scene and was cooperative, authorities said. She was also transported to a hospital after complaining of pain.
Authorities said neither alcohol, drugs nor speed was suspected factors in the collision.
The Bakersfield Police asked anyone who witnessed the accident to call them at (661) 327-7111.
“Far too many motorcycle collisions are caused by the carelessness or recklessness of other motorists. Sadly, when this occurs, motorcyclists are the ones who tend to suffer the vast majority of injuries”, according to Arin Khodaverdian, Managing Partner and CEO Alpine Law Group. Under California’s rule of comparative negligence, a victim may be able to collect compensation for injuries and other damages even if you were partly at fault for the accident.
What to Do At the Accident Scene
Nobody is ever prepared for an accident. However, knowing what to do in case you are involved in the accident is very crucial. The following steps will help you ensure your safety and the safety of others.
- Stay at the scene and don’t panic.
- Check for injuries and immediately call for an ambulance if anyone is hurt.
- Notify the police even if no one is injured. The police will examine the scene and document the accident. At this point, it is important to record accurate information. You can later request a police report.
- If the accident is minor, it is advisable to move the vehicles to the shoulder and turn on your vehicle's hazard lights to ensure the safety of other motorists.
- Gather information about the other drivers involved in the accident. Also, talk to witnesses and get their information.
- If possible, take photos of the damage to your car and the surrounding area.
- Do not admit fault or discuss the accident with anyone. Do not sign any papers unless requested by the police.
- Do not leave the accident scene until the police have left.
After leaving the accident scene,
- Contact your insurance company as soon as possible.
- Get a copy of the accident report from the police.
- Get a property damage valuation.
- If you were injured in the accident, keep detailed notes of your injuries and track your medical treatment.
- Contact a reputable personal injury attorney to protect your rights.
- Seek legal advice before you contact your insurer to discuss your car accident claim and compensation for your personal injuries. A qualified attorney will help you recover the maximum amount of damages.