Car Crash Statistics Within the Bakersfield, CA City Limits During 2017

Bakersfield Traffic Statistics

As you drive around Bakersfield, you probably pass the aftermath of an auto accident now and then. But chances are that most of your days come and go without witnessing a car crash.

It’s easy to get lulled a false sense of complacency. Sure, you know car crashes happen, but you might think they don’t happen all that often. National studies have consistently found that drivers tend to believe they are safer (and better skilled) than they really are.

As Bakersfield auto accident lawyers, we have a different perspective. Because we spend much of our lives fighting for the financial rights of car crash victims in Southern California, we know all too well just how common crashes are — and how serious they can be.

We want you to understand that too. Why? Not to prompt paranoia, certainly. But merely to remind you that even if you’re very careful on the roads, others might not be, so it always pays to remain vigilant.

Accordingly, today’s article is devoted to the very latest car accident statistics in Bakersfield. We have obtained the official 2017 crash data for Bakersfield, CA by way of multiple Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SITRS) requests, pursuant to the California Public Records Act (CPRA) (Gov. Code, § 6250 et seq.).

2017 is the latest full year on record. As for 2018, we hope to have complete year-end data by early 2019 and to revisit this topic with those new numbers once they come in.

Below, you’ll find the 2017 car accident statistics for Bakersfield broken down three ways:

  • By type of collision
  • By cause of the accident
  • By time of day

Together, these charts and the accompanying analysis can tell you a lot about your personal risk as you drive around town.

Car Accident Statistics in Bakersfield by Type of Collision

In total, during 2017, there were 3,259 car accidents in Bakersfield. Of those, 53 were fatal (with a total of 54 people dead), while another 1,368 caused a significant injury (with a total of 2,117 people injured… 64 of them severely).

In total, nearly half (47.9%) of all the car accidents in Bakersfield involved a painful injury.

The table below breaks these 3,259 accidents down by type of collision.

Type of Collision Total Number of Collisions Number of Fatal Accidents Number of Accidents with Injuries Number of People Killed Number of People Injured Number of Severe Injuries Other Visible Injuries Number of Injuries Causing Pain
Two Cars Collide 2,048 18 958 18 1,649 29 294 1,326
Car in Motion Hits Parked Vehicle 351 1 58 2 71 1 28 42
Car Hits Pedestrian 120 23 92 23 101 13 45 43
Car Hits Bicycle 88 2 81 2 81 7 37 37
Car Hits Animal 4 0 1 0 1 0 1 0
Car Hits Fixed Object 515 5 121 5 145 8 58 79
Car Hits Other Object 51 1 7 1 9 0 2 7
Collision with Motor Vehicle on Other Roadway 19 1 10 1 15 0 3 12
Non-Collision Accident 63 2 40 2 45 6 24 15
TOTAL 3,259 53 1,368 54 2,117 64 492 1,561

Car Accident Statistics in Bakersfield by Cause of Accident

Worldwide, most auto accidents are caused by driver negligence. That fact is true of the car crashes in Bakersfield too, as evidenced by the chart below.

Primary Cause of Accident Total Number of Collisions Number of Fatal Accidents Number of Accidents with Injuries Number of People Killed Number of People Injured Number of Severe Injuries Other Visible Injuries Number of Injuries Causing Pain
Speeding 959 5 386 5 589 10 87 492
Improper Turns 720 7 174 7 238 5 70 163
Alcohol / Drugs 429 6 154 7 229 14 80 135
Running Red Lights / Stop Signs 320 4 242 4 432 9 80 343
Vehicle Violating Right-of-Way 292 6 207 6 389 9 93 287
Unsafe Lane Changes 142 0 36 0 48 0 7 41
Pedestrian Violation / Violating Right-of-Way 96 19 72 19 72 9 37 26
Unsafe Starting or Backing 95 0 13 0 15 0 0 15
Wrong Side of Road 74 2 49 2 51 3 22 26
Other Hazardous Violation 47 1 13 1 24 2 7 15
Cause Other than Driver / Victim 31 0 6 0 6 0 3 3
Improper Passing 19 2 2 2 2 1 0 1
Unknown Cause / Not Stated 16 0 7 0 10 0 4 6
Lights, Brakes, or Other Equipment 12 1 4 1 9 2 1 6
Following Too Closely 4 0 2 0 2 0 0 2
Hazardous Parking 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Impeding Traffic 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0
TOTAL 3,259 53 1,368 54 2,117 64 492 1,561

As you can see, some form of driver or pedestrian negligence was listed as the primary contributing factor for 3,200 of the 3,259 auto accidents in Bakersfield. (It must be noted, of course, that most pedestrian accidents are caused by drivers, not pedestrians.)

In other words, simple negligence is to blame more than 98% of the time — even more often if we add in the 12 accidents caused by defective equipment (which may be due to negligence by an automotive manufacturer, designer, retailer, or mechanic).

As an aside, there is one other interesting insight we’d like to highlight here before moving on. In the previous section, we charted 351 accidents in which a moving vehicle hit a parked car. The table above, however, shows that only two Bakersfield accidents were caused by hazardous parking. It is not unreasonable to infer that in the other 349 of these accidents, the driver of the moving vehicle may have been to blame. Notably, two people were killed in parked-car accidents in Bakersfield. We think this observation behooves all of us to drive more carefully the next time we’re in a parking lot or passing by parked cars.

Car Accident Statistics in Bakersfield by Time of Day

While a car crash can happen at any time, certain times of day are associated with a higher risk of collision. Below, we have divided the Bakersfield time-of-day crash data into three charts:

  • Morning-hour collisions (A.M.)
  • Afternoon & evening-hour collisions (P.M.)
  • 24-hour day of week totals (A.M. and P.M. combined)

The most dangerous hours (defined as those having 125 or more accidents throughout the week) are highlighted in red. Those with more than 200 accidents are presented in bold red.

Morning Collisions in Bakersfield During 2017

Hour of Day (A.M.) Mon Tue Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun TOTAL
Midnight – 12:59 10 8 3 17 6 21 24 89
1:00 – 1:59 9 4 8 11 9 21 22 84
2:00 – 2:59 11 5 11 6 9 25 24 91
3:00 – 3:59 2 4 3 6 7 11 12 45
4:00 – 4:59 6 5 7 0 4 8 6 36
5:00 – 5:59 8 7 6 6 8 2 9 46
6:00 – 6:59 7 10 10 13 6 9 15 70
7:00 – 7:59 22 27 27 23 19 7 9 134
8:00 – 8:59 17 28 28 28 20 6 13 140
9:00 – 9:59 16 18 12 14 19 12 16 107
10:00 – 10:59 15 26 14 12 17 24 18 126
11:00 – 11:59 20 23 17 19 14 18 14 125
MORNING TOTALS: 143 165 146 155 138 164 182 1,093

Afternoon & Evening Collisions in Bakersfield During 2017

Hour of Day (P.M.) Mon Tue Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun TOTAL
12:00 – 12:59 18 22 18 19 38 26 19 160
1:00 – 1:59 31 26 32 26 30 15 20 180
2:00 – 2:59 22 32 33 27 46 33 19 212
3:00 – 3:59 22 32 49 43 45 23 19 233
4:00 – 4:59 44 44 27 53 57 19 18 262
5:00 – 5:59 32 44 46 50 40 38 30 280
6:00 – 6:59 23 20 27 28 32 27 35 192
7:00 – 7:59 24 15 16 16 21 22 20 134
8:00 – 8:59 10 18 12 15 22 26 35 138
9:00 – 9:59 16 19 19 23 37 20 27 161
10:00 – 10:59 7 16 13 12 19 26 18 111
11:00 – 11:59 9 9 6 12 21 26 16 99
DAYTIME / EVENING TOTALS: 258 297 298 324 408 301 276 2,162

Total Bakersfield Crashes Per Day of Week (2017 A.M. and P.M. Combined)

Mon Tue Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun TOTAL
DAY OF WEEK TOTALS: 402 463 444 479 548 465 458 3,259

Note: The collision totals in the chart above include four accidents for which the time of day is unknown.

As you can see, the crash risk is consistently high seven days a week in Bakersfield, with a sharp spike in the number of collisions on Fridays.

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