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Bakersfield Car Accident Lawyers

When you need a Bakersfield, CA car accident lawyer, choose a firm that takes cases to trial & wins. Call PARRIS car accident lawyers at 661-449-9654!

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PARRIS Law Firm: Trusted Bakersfield Car Accident Lawyers

Founded in 1985 by R. Rex Parris, the PARRIS Law Firm has fought for the victims of California accidents for nearly four decades. Our 99% success rate is a testament to the hours of dedicated work our attorneys and support staff pour into every case we receive.

And our hard work has paid off: PARRIS Law Firm has won more than $1.9 billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients.

When your rights are on the line, there’s no battle we won’t fight for you.

Call the PARRIS team today for a free consultation.

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With Us, It’s Personal

Founding attorney R. Rex Parris knows firsthand what it’s like to be the victim of a traffic accident. When he was just a boy, his father lost his leg in a motorcycle accident. Since then, Rex has dedicated himself to seeking justice for victims.

“From the day we started, we’ve known that injured victims desperately need great lawyers to represent them. Without that, they can’t restore the balance in their family. That is why I have committed my life to helping people overcome the physical and financial burdens that result from an accident.”

Over the course of his career, Rex has made a name for himself as one of the nation’s top trial attorneys. The Daily Journal, Metropolitan News, and the National Law Journal have each called him a trailblazer in his field. In addition to his role as the firm’s founding attorney, Rex teaches other attorneys at continuing legal education seminars and other speaking events.

PARRIS Bakersfield Car Accident Lawyers Assist With All Types of Accidents

The types of car accidents that took place in Bakersfield include:

  • Broadside crashes, when a car strikes the side of another vehicle, usually in an intersection: 36%
  • Rear-end crashes, when a car rams into the back of another car: 32%
  • Single- or multi-vehicle crashes that were caused by a vehicle hitting an object: 9%
  • Pedestrian knockdowns: 9%
  • Sideswipe collisions, when a vehicle strikes another vehicle traveling in the same direction while changing lanes: 6%
  • Head-on crashes: 2%
  • Rollover crashes: 1%
  • Other types of accidents: 4%

PARRIS car accident lawyers help Bakersfield residents with each of these types of car accidents

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A PARRIS Bakersfield Car Accident Lawyer Can Help

Life after a car accident can be extremely difficult. Another driver’s careless choices can devastate you and your family in just one moment.

Through no fault of your own, you might be saddled with serious injuries, lost work, and a financial situation that no one should have to bear.

After such a life-altering event, you’ll stop at nothing to make sure your family’s life is fully restored. And hiring a trustworthy legal advocate is crucial to obtaining the recovery you need.

At PARRIS Law Firm, our top-notch personal injury attorneys
have protected Bakersfield residents since 1985. When you’ve been injured in an accident, our Bakersfield car accident lawyers will fight fearlessly for you until you see justice.

Speak to a Bakersfield car accident lawyer today about your case.

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Bakersfield Car Accident Statistics

The city of Bakersfield lies just over the Grapevine from Los Angeles and is situated in the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley, along the Kern River. Surrounded by farmland and oil fields, the city’s roughly 400,000 residents enjoy long stretches of open road.

Unfortunately, with those open roads come negligent drivers that speed, causing hundreds of traffic accidents each year.

Bakersfield is often the first stop for those traveling north along Highway 99 to the agricultural communities throughout California’s Central Valley. For those traveling south, it is the last major metropolitan center before Santa Clarita in Los Angeles County.

Unfortunately, reckless drivers tend to speed through Bakersfield’s flat terrain towards their destination, leading to an uptick in car accidents within Bakersfield’s city limits.

According to a state database, Bakersfield experienced 1,510 car accidents in 2018. Among them, 81 caused severe injury, and 24 were fatal.

Unfortunately, a significant amount of these accidents took place on Highway 99. Other common roads for car accidents were Highway 58 (the Bakersfield-Tehachapi Highway), which runs east to west through the city, as well as east-west arterial roads Ming Avenue, White Lane, and Panama Lane.

When accidents like this happen, it’s crucial to have a Bakersfield car accident attorney you can trust to help you get the recover you need.

What causes car accidents in Bakersfield?

Violations that resulted in car accidents in Bakersfield include:

  • Speeding: 27%
  • Vehicle right of way: 17%
  • Disobeying traffic signals/signs: 16%
  • Improper turning: 12%
  • Driving under the influence 11%
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road: 3%
  • Unsafe lane change: 2%
  • Pedestrian right of way: 2%
  • Unsafe starting or backing: 1%
  • Following too closely: 0.6%
  • Improper passing: 0.5%

Car accidents occurred most frequently in Bakersfield on Fridays from 12 noon to 9 p.m. This is likely because travelers heading north or south for the weekend often travel through Bakersfield, leading to an uptick in accidents on Friday afternoons.

On other days of the week, most collisions occurred from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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A History of Success in Los Angeles and Kern Counties

When choosing an attorney, results matter—and our track record of success speaks for itself.

Thousands of clients have trusted our car accident lawyers with their recoveries. Here are some of our clients’ stories:

  • Our client was driving his truck in Lancaster, CA, when a distracted driver ran a stop sign while on the phone with her boyfriend. The resulting crash was so severe that our client’s truck rolled three times before skidding to a stop on its side. Our client suffered life-altering injuries in the crash, yet the at-fault driver’s insurance company refused to cooperate with our investigation and help him recover. PARRIS attorneys fearlessly fought for the victim, eventually winning a $120 million verdict for the man and his family.
  • A CHP officer was pulling a speeding vehicle over on the 5 freeway when a distracted driver rear-ended him, ejecting him from his motorcycle. Our client’s debilitating injuries prevented him from ever returning to work. Though the insurance company did everything they could to avoid liability, PARRIS attorneys dismantled their case at every step. The jury awarded our clients $49.6 million.
  • PARRIS also represented two brothers involved in a serious truck accident. Our clients were on their way to Mammoth for their annual fishing trip when a big-rig crossed over into their lane, hitting them head-on. The trucking company neglected to pull the truck driver, who had a history of accidents and a criminal record prior to this incident, off the road, resulting in devastating injuries to our clients. In the end, the trucking company paid our clients $56.6 million.
  • On a busy December night in Palmdale, a distracted driver T-boned our client’s car. Because he was the back seat passenger in the vehicle, there was little to protect him from the force of another car. The accident rendered him a quadriplegic who will require daily care for the rest of his life. After taking the case to trial at the LA County Superior Court, a jury awarded our client $41.6 million.

Client Commitment Comes First

Being the victim of a car accident is not a situation anyone welcomes, and the road to your physical, mental, and emotional recovery may be difficult.

At PARRIS, we’re committed to walking with you through the process. When we represent you, our top priority is making sure that you are receiving the care and support you need.

Your case will receive the services of an entire team of support staff, including a case manager, an investigative team, litigation secretaries, paralegals, and your attorneys. We’ll put in the necessary hours to prepare your case for trial to secure the outcome you need to make a full recovery.

With the legal process in our hands, you can focus your attention on healing.

No Fees Unless We Win

At the PARRIS Law Firm, we work on contingency, meaning that you pay nothing if we don’t win. We front all the costs of your case, including filing fees, hiring experts, and conducting a thorough investigation.

Aspen B.
Aspen B.

I always heard PARRIS was the best, which is why I immediately went to them when I needed a law firm. My entire experience with them was exceptional, but what I loved the most about my team was their compassion and patience with me.

Armando A.
Armando A.

My team always made me feel like a human being, not just another case or another dollar sign. I knew I could really trust them because they always told me the honest truth. They became my second family, and I can’t thank them enough for changing mine and my family’s lives for the better.

Lisa H.
Lisa H.

PARRIS is the best law firm out there as far as I’m concerned. They treated me like family and were always so supportive. They took the stress out of the entire situation for me. I never doubted that my case was being handled by people who knew exactly what they were doing.

Aspen B.
Aspen B.

I always heard PARRIS was the best, which is why I immediately went to them when I needed a law firm. My entire experience with them was exceptional, but what I loved the most about my team was their compassion and patience with me.

Armando A.
Armando A.

My team always made me feel like a human being, not just another case or another dollar sign. I knew I could really trust them because they always told me the honest truth. They became my second family, and I can’t thank them enough for changing mine and my family’s lives for the better.

Lisa H.
Lisa H.

PARRIS is the best law firm out there as far as I’m concerned. They treated me like family and were always so supportive. They took the stress out of the entire situation for me. I never doubted that my case was being handled by people who knew exactly what they were doing.

Aspen B.
Aspen B.

I always heard PARRIS was the best, which is why I immediately went to them when I needed a law firm. My entire experience with them was exceptional, but what I loved the most about my team was their compassion and patience with me.

Armando A.
Armando A.

My team always made me feel like a human being, not just another case or another dollar sign. I knew I could really trust them because they always told me the honest truth. They became my second family, and I can’t thank them enough for changing mine and my family’s lives for the better.

Lisa H.
Lisa H.

PARRIS is the best law firm out there as far as I’m concerned. They treated me like family and were always so supportive. They took the stress out of the entire situation for me. I never doubted that my case was being handled by people who knew exactly what they were doing.

If our Bakersfield car accident lawyers secure a verdict or settlement for you, our payment comes as a percentage of your recovery amount. If we are not successful, you will owe no fees. This system gives our clients peace of mind while we fight for recovery on their behalf.

If you or someone you love has been hurt in an accident, don’t fight for your recovery alone. We’re here to help. Contact our team to discuss your case today.

What you can recover after a car accident is based on the legal principle of negligence. When someone fails in a duty to care for another person (e.g., failing to drive safely), they act negligently. California law allows victims of negligence to sue the at-fault person (or their insurance company) for damages, which may include:

  • Medical bills
  • Property damage
  • Lost wages from missed work due to the accident
  • Physical and emotional pain and suffering
  • Loss of companionship for the victim’s loved ones

PARRIS specializes in fighting for victims injured in any of the following types of crashes:

  • Car accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Car and bicycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Big rig truck collisions
  • Crashes that involve drivers injured on the job
  • Drunk driving accidents
  • Accidents caused by car manufacturing defects
  • Collisions related to dangerous road conditions

In addition, PARRIS specializes in many other areas of personal injury law, including dog bites, slips and falls, product liability cases, environmental mass torts, and complex litigation.

The human body is not designed to sustain the impact of a car crash. Following an accident, you may have serious injuries—some of which may not be apparent immediately after the crash.

Some of the most common injuries we’ve seen in car accident victims include:

  • Cuts, scrapes, and bruises
  • Sprains, strains, and other soft tissue injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Concussion
  • Herniated spinal discs
  • Broken bones
  • Dislocated joints
  • Crush injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries

Though some clients are able to heal from their injuries, others lead to long-term health problems. Chronic pain conditions, such as fibromyalgia or Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), are commonly caused by car accidents. These traumatic events can also aggravate existing conditions, such as arthritis or weak neck and back muscles.

Going to the doctor as soon as possible after your accident can help you catch and treat any injuries arising from the incident before they develop into larger medical complications.

Following a traumatic car accident, it’s only natural that you want to get your case over and done with. Navigating the legal process might sound like just another headache. And if the at-fault driver’s insurance company is offering you a settlement, accepting it may seem like the easiest option.

However, the insurance company’s first offer may be insufficient to cover the true costs of your claim. And by accepting it, you may be signing away your chance at a full recovery.

An insurance company is a business. Their goal is to collect premiums from policyholders and pay out as little in claims as possible, benefitting their bottom line. Some insurers may even resort to deceptive, bad faith tactics to avoid paying your claim to the fullest extent. One of these tactics: offering a purposefully low settlement to claimants without a lawyer, hoping that they’ll accept the first offer they receive.

This is exactly why having a legal advocate is so important. You need someone fighting for your interests—someone who knows how to deal with insurance companies and walk away with a successful result.

At PARRIS Law Firm, your legal team has nearly four decades of experience fighting insurance companies on behalf of clients. We know what it takes to win, and we’ll fight for you until you see victory.

With PARRIS, It’s Personal

When PARRIS founder R. Rex Parris was a boy, his father lost a leg in a motorcycle accident. He experienced firsthand how one driver’s negligence could devastate a family for years to come.

When he got older, Rex dedicated his life to fighting for victims of accidents all over California. “From the day we started, we’ve known that injured victims desperately need great lawyers to represent them. Without that, they can’t restore the balance in their family. That is why I have committed my life to helping people overcome the physical and financial burdens that result from an accident.”

Since its founding in 1985, the PARRIS Law Firm has grown in both reach and reputation, serving thousands of clients throughout the Golden State. Our long history of success and aggressive style in the courtroom has gained recognition among clients and lawyers alike.

But most importantly, PARRIS remains committed to restoring lives. When someone negligently causes an accident that devastates your family, we’ll be the ones who fight for you, protecting your rights until you see victory.

Tell us how we can help.

If you need immediate assistance, please call our office at (661) 464-0745 and ask to speak with someone in our Intake Department available 24/7.

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