Sandra Flores and Michael Engel among 7 Injured in Santa Rosa Car Accident on River Road On-Ramp to Highway 101
Santa Rosa, California (May 1, 2020) - Sandra Garcia Flores, 30, of Windsor, and Michael Engel, 20, of Santa Rosa, were among seven people injured when a truck collided with an SUV Thursday morning in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County.
Authorities said the collision took place at around 9:45 a.m. Thursday, April 30, on the southbound River Road exit to Highway 101.
According to the California Highway Patrol, a Goodwill box truck was traveling on the southbound River Road onramp when it drifted to the left into the middle lane to make room for another vehicle that was entering the onramp. The truck driver lost control and collided with a Ford Expedition that was traveling in the middle lane of the onramp.
As a result of the collision, both vehicles veered off the road and ended up in the vegetation to the right of the highway. The Expedition rolled over.
Flores, who was the driver of the Expedition, was transported to Sutter Hospital for treatment of her injuries. A 10-year-old girl, who was a passenger in Flores’s vehicle, was airlifted to Oakland Children’s Hospital with major injuries.
Four other juvenile passengers in the Expedition sustained unspecified injuries in the crash. Two of the children were airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center while the other two were transported by ground ambulance to a nearby hospital.
The truck driver, Engel, was taken to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center with minor injuries.
Police closed the River Road exit to the highway to investigate the accident. Authorities said neither alcohol nor drugs were factors in the accident.
The accident remains under investigation.
According to Arin Khodaverdian, the Managing Partner and CEO Alpine Law Group, a separate investigation by an experienced attorney is necessary to clearly uncover the circumstances surrounding the collision. “An attorney will also help the victim to navigate all the legal processes in pursuit of fair compensation and justice. Car accident claims are rarely straightforward, and, regardless of the circumstances involved, liable insurance companies will often do everything possible to limit their out-of-pocket expenses by either devaluing or outright denying your claim. It is crucial, therefore, that you have an experienced attorney on your side,” said Arin.
What to Do At the Accident Scene
Nobody is ever prepared for an accident. However, knowing what to do in case you are involved in the accident is very crucial. The following steps will help you ensure your safety and the safety of others.
- Stay at the scene and don’t panic.
- Check for injuries and immediately call for an ambulance if anyone is hurt.
- Notify the police even if no one is injured. The police will examine the scene and document the accident. At this point, it is important to record accurate information. You can later request a police report.
- If the accident is minor, it is advisable to move the vehicles to the shoulder and turn on your vehicle's hazard lights to ensure the safety of other motorists.
- Gather information about the other drivers involved in the accident. Also, talk to witnesses and get their information.
- If possible, take photos of the damage to your car and the surrounding area.
- Do not admit fault or discuss the accident with anyone. Do not sign any papers unless requested by the police.
- Do not leave the accident scene until the police have left.
After leaving the accident scene,
- Contact your insurance company as soon as possible.
- Get a copy of the accident report from the police.
- Get a property damage valuation.
- If you were injured in the accident, keep detailed notes of your injuries and track your medical treatment.
- Contact a reputable personal injury attorney to protect your rights.
- Seek legal advice before you contact your insurer to discuss your car accident claim and compensation for your personal injuries. A qualified attorney will help you recover the maximum amount of damages.