CHP Investigating Taft 2-Vehicle Crash at Wood Street and Lierly Avenue
Taft, California (June 12, 2020) – A female party was hurt following an alleged DUI two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Wood Street and Lierly Avenue in Taft at approximately 5:30 p.m. May 28, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
As per the CHP dispatch, a Chevrolet Cruz traveling southbound on Lierly Avenue slammed into a Ford on Thursday evening. The Chevrolet reportedly ran a stop sign prior to the crash.
Due to the impact, one of the involved vehicles was sent off the highway and into the front yard of a home.
The Ford driver, 21-year-old Yvette Herrera, was pinned in her car in the process. She was rescued from the wreckage and then rushed to Kern Medical Center for medication
The operator of the Chevrolet was suspected of having been driving while intoxicated. The suspect escaped the crash site but was later arrested by authorities on suspicion of DUI.
An investigation into the accident is underway.
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.