An off-road motorcycle collision in Kern County on February 10th required a hoist rescue near 25 Hill Road.

At 12:06 p.m. Kern County firefighters were dispatched to a report of a head-on collision involving 2 motorcycles. 

Emergency respondents arrive to scene of accident where a crashed motorcycle is on the ground

Firefighters responded, bringing 4×4 patrols in addition to fire engines due to information that the accident was off-road. The 9-1-1 caller met firefighters as they arrived and led them to the scene. The accident occurred in a deep drainage and firefighters were required to hike down to the patients and begin assessing their injuries. 

Due to the remoteness of the location and an inability to drive an ambulance into the drainage, KCFD’s Helicopter 408 was launched to hoist out the injured individuals. 

Fire crews provided emergency care to the patients, one of whom suffered serious injuries. On arrival, Helicopter 408 hovered overhead, utilizing the hoist system to send down a rescuer to the group.  Firefighters carefully secured the patients, and they were raised into the helicopter, one at a time. 

Both patients were flown to nearby Taft airport and transferred into waiting ambulances. The seriously injured patient was transported in a medevac helicopter. 

The other patient was transported by ground ambulance. A combination of sound decisions, skilled personnel, and specialty equipment allowed Kern County firefighters to bring necessary assistance to those in need quickly. 

“The firefighters and emergency response team that arrived at the scene of the collision provided impressive and life-saving support that definitely altered the outcomes for the victims,” said Gerald Singleton, leading personal injury attorney at Singleton Schreiber. “My thoughts are with the victims of this collision as well as their families.”

If you or someone you know has been injured in a Kern County collision, contact the personal injury attorneys at Singleton Schreiber by calling (916) 248-8478 or by email at

Kern County Off-Road Motorcycle Crashes

Kern County, situated in the heart of California’s diverse landscape, boasts vast expanses of rugged terrain ideal for off-road motorcycle enthusiasts. While the thrill of navigating dirt trails and rocky pathways draws riders from far and wide, the exhilaration often comes with inherent risks. In recent years, Kern County has witnessed a concerning uptick in off-road motorcycle crashes, prompting a closer examination of the factors contributing to these incidents and the measures needed to enhance rider safety.

The allure of off-road riding lies in its adrenaline-fueled adventure and the opportunity to explore remote and untamed landscapes. However, the very nature of off-road terrain presents unique challenges and hazards for motorcyclists. Uneven surfaces, loose gravel, obstacles like rocks and branches, and unpredictable weather conditions can all pose significant risks to riders, even those with years of experience under their belts.

One of the primary factors contributing to off-road motorcycle crashes in Kern County is rider error. Inexperienced riders or those attempting to navigate challenging terrain beyond their skill level may find themselves losing control of their motorcycles, leading to accidents and injuries. Additionally, reckless behavior such as excessive speed, aggressive maneuvering, or performing stunts can further increase the likelihood of crashes.

Another contributing factor is the lack of proper safety gear and equipment. Off-road riding necessitates specialized protective gear such as helmets, goggles, gloves, boots, and body armor to mitigate the risk of injury in the event of a crash. Unfortunately, some riders may forego or inadequately utilize safety gear, leaving themselves vulnerable to serious harm in the event of an accident.

Furthermore, the remote and often isolated nature of off-road riding areas in Kern County can present challenges in terms of access to emergency medical services. In the event of a crash resulting in injuries, riders may face delays in receiving medical attention due to the distance from populated areas or limited access for emergency vehicles.

Addressing the issue of off-road motorcycle crashes in Kern County requires a multifaceted approach that encompasses education, enforcement, and infrastructure improvements. Educating riders about the importance of proper training, skill development, and adherence to safety guidelines is paramount in reducing the incidence of crashes. Providing access to training programs and promoting responsible riding practices can empower riders to make informed decisions and mitigate risks while on the trails.

Law enforcement agencies also play a vital role in enforcing off-road riding laws and regulations, such as speed limits, trail etiquette, and the use of safety gear. By patrolling popular riding areas and issuing citations for unsafe behavior, authorities can deter reckless riding practices and promote a culture of safety among off-road enthusiasts.

Moreover, infrastructure improvements, such as trail maintenance, signage, and the establishment of designated riding areas, can enhance safety for off-road motorcyclists. Clear markings indicating trail difficulty levels, hazards, and recommended speed limits can help riders make informed decisions and navigate terrain safely.

The surge in off-road motorcycle crashes in Kern County underscores the need for concerted efforts to address the underlying factors contributing to these incidents. By prioritizing rider education, enforcement of safety regulations, and infrastructure enhancements, stakeholders can work together to create a safer environment for off-road enthusiasts to enjoy their passion while minimizing the risk of accidents and injuries. Through collaboration and a commitment to responsible riding practices, we can ensure that Kern County remains a premier destination for off-road adventure while prioritizing rider safety above all else.

“I hope that those involved in off-road motorcycle crashes understand the complexities and long-term aftermath of these types of collisions,” added Mr. Singleton. “The investigation will likely be a long, drawn-out process and there could be huge medical bills to deal with as a result of the injuries.”

If you or someone you know has been injured in a Kern County collision, contact the personal injury attorneys at Singleton Schreiber by calling (916) 248-8478 or by email at