1 Killed, 2 Hurt in Chico Car Accident on SR-99 near Hamilton Nord Cana Highway
Chico, California (March 15, 2020) – One person was killed and two others injured in a head-on car crash on Saturday afternoon in Chico, according to the CHP.
The crash happened at about noon, on March 14, on southbound SR-99, south of Hamilton Nord Cana Highway.
The police said a black Toyota 4Runner was traveling southbound on SR-99 when it drifted into the northbound lane where it almost collided with a semi-truck.
The driver operating the 4Runner turned back into the southbound lane, and over into the shoulder. The driver then overcorrected, lost control, and swerved back into the northbound lane and finally collided with a white Toyota Camry, according to the CHP.
Following the accident, the Camry flipped and came to rest on its roof with significant front end damage while the 4Runner overturned and came to a rest on its right side.
The driver of the Camry was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver and passenger of the 4Runner were taken to Enloe Hospital with significant injuries.
Due to the accident, the roadway was blocked for three hours.
Intoxication was not suspected to be a factor in the crash.
An investigation into the crash is underway.
According to Arin Khodaverdian, the Managing Partner and CEO Alpine Law Group, a separate investigation by an experienced attorney is necessary so as 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.