Residents in Bakersfield and other parts of Kern County may well appreciate the fact that they do not have to live in the craziness of Los Angeles or other highly congested areas of southern California. However, while they do not have to contend with jammed freeways, they do have to deal with rural roads that pose their own variety of danger to motorists.
Reports indicate that one intersection may be in particular need of a review and maybe even some help to prevent future accidents and deaths. Located in the northwestern area of Bakersfield is the intersection where Rosedale Highway meets Nord Avenue. This is a standard two-lane roadway that has no street lights so at night visibility for drivers is minimal at best. Over the span of a mere three weeks, five deaths occurred in or immediately near this intersection.
One cannot help but wonder how much of the responsibility should be assigned to the drivers involved in the crashes as well as to the city or county for its lack of providing some lighting or other traffic control and direction assistance to improve safety. Either way, the need for something to happen should be clear and hopefully that can happen before any more people are killed here.
California residents who are injured or lose loved ones in accidents on dangerous, unlit areas of roads may find it helpful to talk to an attorney about seeking compensation.
Source: TurnTo23.com, “Dangerous intersection in NW Bakersfield where five people have been killed in the past three weeks,” Allison Gargaro, September 12, 2107