Kieth Silva Hospitalized after Willows Car Accident on Highway 162 near County Road FF
Willows, California (March 7, 2020) – Kieth Silva, 42, of Sparks, Nevada, has been identified as the driver who was injured Wednesday afternoon in an alleged DUI crash in Willows, according to a local news source.
The accident happened on Wednesday, March 4 on Highway 162, just west of County Road FF.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Sharon Pelagio, 53, of Chico, was driving a Chevy Sedan eastbound on Highway 162 when she made an unsafe turn and veered into the westbound lane. The Sedan eventually collided with a Ford pickup that was traveling westbound, driven by Silva.
The force of the impact caused the Ford pickup to roll over and the Chevy to crash into a utility pole on the north side of the road. Authorities said the Ford pickup was a state vehicle for the CDC.
Silva and Pelagio were both transported to nearby hospitals for treatment of unknown injuries.
Pelagio was later arrested on suspicion of DUI.
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.