Dennis Eric Byrd Fatally Struck by Multiple Vehicles in a Highway 178 Hit-and-Run
Bakersfield, CA (January 9, 2023) – Dennis Eric Byrd (58) was identified as the fatality in a hit-and-run crash involving multiple vehicles on Highway 178. According to Bakersfield Now, the was responded to around 10:25 pm on Friday.
An initial crash caused by a hit-and-run driver caused Dennis Eric Byrd to be struck again by multiple vehicles on Highway 178 in Bakersfield.
The California Highway Patrol responded to a fatal crash involving a pedestrian and multiple vehicles on Highway 178 in Bakersfield.
Authorities then identified the victim as Dennis Eric Byrd of Bakersfield.
According to the CHP, Byrd was reportedly walking in the path of an unknown vehicle which then struck him and fled the scene.
The initial crash caused Byrd to land in the path of three oncoming vehicles. One of the drivers remained at the scene, while the other two traveled home but returned shortly after.
Right now, it is still not determined whether drugs or alcohol played a factor in this incident.
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More About Hit-and-Run Accident Liability
Legal liability for a hit-and-run accident can have various implications. Generally, a victim can file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver for any property damages and injuries caused by the accident. Your recoverable losses can include medical costs, lost wages, and more, depending on the damages sustained from the crash. Liability insurance is the first option to cover these damages. However, some cases might go to court depending on the case’s circumstances. For hit-and-run accidents, the penalties can include, but are not limited to:
- Up to 6 months of jail time
- Fine up to $1,000
- Probation and community service (depending on criminal history)
- Compensation to victims for damages
- Additional points on your California DMV record that can increase your insurance
You can learn more about what to do after a hit-and-run accident here. However, the most common course of action is to get legal advice from a skilled and experienced hit-and-run lawyer. Aside from navigating through your case, hit-and-run attorneys can help determine if your case can become a felony. They can also sort out compensation options whether you can locate the at-fault driver or not. Read more about getting a hit-and-run lawyer in California here. You can also check out these resources about wrongful death attorneys and personal injury lawyers.
Personal Injury (Wrongful Death) Claims in Bakersfield
In this case, the family members of Dennis Eric Byrd can have the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. However, it can depend on the investigation’s findings. In addition, negligence by a person or business can contribute to an accident, which might have resulted in the death of a family member. If that is the case, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim and receive a big settlement.
Indeed, no amount of money will ever make up for the death of a loved one. However, receiving the maximum settlement and winning a judgment can give a sense of justice. Also, it can offer some peace of mind.
Do you have any legal questions about accidents? Get answers and common accident-related legal advice here:
- Wrongful Death
- Hit and Run Accident
- Pedestrian Accident
- Car Accident
- Motorcycle Accident
- Truck Accident
Indeed, nothing can alleviate the pain of losing a loved one. However, getting your rightful compensation is also important to help with recovery. Getting advice and guidance from experienced personal injury attorneys can help you pursue your case. For instance, Jacoby and Meyers has a team of the best lawyers for any car accident, wrongful death, or motorcycle accident cases in California, including Los Angeles, Bakersfield, and Sacramento. Consulting a lawyer can help you get insight and information about complicated topics, including car accident settlements and more. If you’d like professional advice about your case, call us today at 888-960-0480 for a free consultation. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help you.
Jacoby & Meyers does not represent any of the parties mentioned above. Nevertheless, we express our deepest sympathies for the family and friends of Dennis Eric Byrd.
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