Driving Conditions in Bakersfield
How Many Fatal Accidents Happen in Bakersfield?
Fatal accidents are unfortunately common in the Bakersfield area. In fact, despite falling traffic fatality numbers in recent years, the Bakersfield Californian reports that the rate of fatal accidents has increased locally at a time when the number of fatalities statewide has dropped.
According to statistics provided by the California Highway Patrol, there were 12 fatalities in Bakersfield in the first four months of 2020. This is a 33% increase from the same period the year before. For 2017, there was a total of 54 traffic fatalities in and around Bakersfield.
How are Road Infrastructure and Bridges in Bakersfield?
The State of California is facing some challenges with its infrastructure. Altogether, the state has received a grade of C- in 2019 for the condition of its transit networks, roads, and bridges.
To its credit, Bakersfield has taken steps to address a wide range of infrastructure needs. This includes substantial improvements to Taft Highway. These repairs total $16 million and are covered by state grant money. The improvements include expanded bicycle and turning lanes up and down the highway.