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Motorcyclist Killed in Semi-Truck Accident on 5 Freeway in Bakersfield

Rider Dies in Bakersfield Motorcycle Crash on 5 Freeway near Grapevine Road

Bakersfield, California (May 3, 2020) – A motorcyclist was killed Saturday evening in a traffic accident involving a semi-truck in Bakersfield, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The crash took place shortly before 7:00 p.m. Saturday, May 2 on Interstate 5 Freeway, just south of Grapevine Road.

The CHP said the motorcyclist was traveling in the southbound lanes of the Interstate 5 when, for unknown reasons, they rear-ended a semi-truck.

The rider died in the crash. The name of the victim has not been disclosed pending notification of family.

All lanes of Interstate 5 were closed as crews worked at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation.

“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.

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