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What should I do if I have an auto accident?

When an individual is involved in a car accident within the state of California, it is important that they perform several actions to ensure the best possible outcome. Initially, the most important step to take is to assess the situation and find out if anyone is hurt. If there are injuries involved, call 911 immediately. An individual trained in first aid techniques should provide reasonable assistance until first responders arrive on the scene. Also, if the accident occurred on a busy street, take precautions to warn approaching motorists of the potential hazard. This can involve setting flares or warning signs.

Once the injured are cared for and the situation is in hand, the next step is to gather as much information about the accident as possible. Because the DMV limits access to information after the fact, it's vitally important to get names, contact information and insurance details at the scene. Try to get brief testimonials from any witnesses to the car collision. Also, a quick diagram of the accident along with make and model descriptions of the vehicles involved will help an attorney show fault in any future related court proceedings and will ensure proper compensation for any pain and suffering.

Hearing delayed in California car crash case

A court hearing for a 49-year-old woman in California was postponed until Oct. 31. The woman was allegedly under the influence of drugs when she caused an accident on Aug. 12 around 6:30 p.m. on Fiesta Island. According to authorities, she drove into a crowd of roughly 20 cyclists and hit 10 of them while driving at an estimated speed of 30-35 miles per hour. She is facing charges of driving under the influence and being in possession of meth.

Witnesses say that the woman got out of her car after the crash and was acting erratically and yelling. Witnesses also say that the woman appeared to be under the influence. Police say that after she was taken to the hospital, a baggie of meth was found inside of her body.

Major crash between 2 big rigs and a car reported

The California Highway Patrol reported that a major collision involving two semitrailers and a car occurred at 2:15 p.m. on Oct. 7. The wreck was located near Le Grand on the southbound lanes of Highway 29. Officers from the Merced station responded to the accident scene.

The two trucks were traveling next to one another on the highway. A 42-year-old man was driving a 1999 Kenworth in the second lane, while a 63-year-old man was driving a 2012 Feightliner big rig in the first lane. Both truck drivers were traveling at 55 mph. Allegedly, the 42-year-old man suddenly moved over into the first lane, striking the 2012 Freightliner before moving back into the second lane. The Freightliner's driver then reportedly lost control, his truck turning sideways before overturning.

Woman detained in fatal hit-and-run collision

A 45-year-old Arroyo Grande woman was taken into police custody and charged with multiple offenses for her role in a fatal hit-and-run collision with a bicyclist that occurred on Oct. 2 in Nipomo, police said. The accident occurred around 11:15 a.m. on Los Berros Road when the woman allegedly rear-ended the bicyclist with her Honda Accord, causing him to suffer serious head injuries despite wearing a helmet. The 48-year-old bicyclist died from his injuries.

Following the collision, witnesses say the woman attempted to flee the scene. A witness called 911 and followed the woman's vehicle, cornering her with the help of other motorists until police could arrive. The witness told the 911 operator that the woman's vehicle had a large dent in her windshield along with significant front-end damage from striking the bicycle. After being cornered, the woman repeatedly asked to be let go, according to the witnesses.

1 killed, 5 injured in crash; driver charged with DUI

California law enforcement authorities report that a suspected DUI crash killed one person on the evening of Sept. 28. Five others were also injured in the accident and treated at area hospitals.

According to the California Highway Patrol, a truck driven by a 30-year-old male ran a stop sign at an intersection, and it crashed into a four-door sedan. A 24-year-old male passenger in the truck who was not wearing a seat belt was ejected from the vehicle, and he died on the scene. The four passengers of the sedan, who range in ages from 16 to 23, were all taken to the Community Regional Medical Center located in Fresno to be treated for undisclosed injuries. Two of the sedan occupants were said to be in serious condition.

1 dead, 3 injured after accident involving two semi-trucks

On Sep. 19, the California Highway Patrol responded to a fatal semi-truck accident on Highway 299 outside of Round Mountain. According to troopers, the crash happened when a semitrailer traveling east on the roadway entered a curve at an estimated speed of 50 mph, which caused a container of building debris to fall from the truck's flatbed trailer and into the opposite lane. A collision ensued between the first semi-truck and another westbound tractor-trailer, and the 50-year-old male driver of the latter vehicle was killed in the crash.

Authorities did not believe drugs or alcohol contributed to the accident. Both lanes of the highway were reportedly shut down for about nine hours, and a team was dispatched to the scene to clean a gas spill from the roadway.

Teen dead after 3-vehicle crash

During the afternoon of Sept. 13, a motor-vehicle accident happened in Manteca, California, that killed one 16-year-old female and caused serious injuries to her 45-year-old female relative. The latter victim was airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento in critical condition.

The fatal car accident occurred on Highway 120 when the 26-year-old male driver of an eastbound Dodge Caravan hit the Mercury Grand Marquis driven by the 45-year-old. The Mercury caught fire after the force of the impact from the Dodge caused it to crash into a Lexus. A news release from the California Highway Patrol said investigators did not believe that drugs or alcohol were factors in the wreck, but authorities reported the van was traveling too fast for the slow traffic conditions at the time.

Head-on collision kills 1 on California freeway

Police report that a fatal two-car collision near Petaluma left one motorist dead and two others injured. The accident occurred just before noon on state Highway 116.

According to the report, an 83-year-old man operating a northbound Lexus at an estimated speed of 55 miles per hour collided head-on with a southbound BMW after the elderly man suddenly swerved into the opposite lane of the freeway. The crash, which occurred near Browns Lane, claimed the life of the Lexus driver. Authorities declared him dead at the scene. A 56-year-old female passenger in the Lexus was moderately injured.

California trucker detained in fatal hit-and-run accident

A motorist is dead and a 40-year-old semi-trailer driver is facing charges following a two-vehicle accident shortly after midnight in Ontario on Sept. 11. According to a report, the fatal crash was believed to have been caused by intoxicated driving.

According to police, the motorist died from injuries sustained after a man operating a semi-truck suddenly swerved and drove into the path of his sedan. Instead of stopping to help the victim, the truck driver allegedly continued eastbound on 60 Freeway where he crashed into a concrete barrier at an on-ramp. At this point, the man supposedly left his truck and walked down the highway for approximately a mile before police discovered and detained him near the Milliken Avenue on-ramp.

California car crash kills cyclist

A fatal car accident reportedly took place at an intersection in Huntington Beach around 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 1. According to police, the collision occurred when a 51-year-old male driver struck a 55-year-old man who was riding a motorized bicycle. The results of a preliminary investigation indicate that both drivers were proceeding southbound when the accident occurred.

Officers arrived to find the cyclist suffering from injuries that were described as critical. Paramedics transported him to UCI Medical Center, where he died from his injuries. The driver was interviewed by police and detained on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

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