Five Teens Injured in Monte Rio Car Accident on Highway 116 near Austin Creek Road
Monte Rio, California (March 12, 2020) - Five juveniles were hospitalized Tuesday night after a traffic accident involving two vehicles in Monte Rio, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The crash occurred at around 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 on Highway 116 near Austin Creek Road.
The CHP said a Honda Accord, driven by Isaac Ugar, 18, of Santa Rosa, was making a left turn from Austin Creek Road when he allegedly ran a red light at the intersection and collided with a white Jeep Wrangler that was heading westbound on Highway 116 along the Russian River.
Five teenage girls were in the Jeep. One of the girls was airlifted to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital for treatment. Three others were taken by ground ambulance to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Ugar was taken to a hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries. His passenger, a 19-year-old Sebastopol woman, was not injured.
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 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.