Richard L. Murphy Hurt in Deadly Tehama County Truck Accident on South Avenue near Mary Avenue
Tehama County, California (March 23, 2020) – A driver who was injured in a big rig accident on Sunday night in Tehama County has been identified as Richard L. Murphy, 65, of Chico, according to police.
The crash happened at about 10:30 p.m., on March 22, on South Avenue, west of Mary Avenue.
The authorities said a 2011 Nissan Altima was eastbound on South Avenue when it veered into the path of an oncoming westbound 2015 Mack big-rig operated by Murphy. The two vehicles finally collided head-on and came to a rest in the middle of the roadway.
The big rig was hauling a tanker-trailer full of diesel fuel at the time of the accident.
A 45-year-old man, a Mexican National, who was the driver of the Nissan, was pronounced dead at the scene, following the accident.
Murphy sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene by responding paramedics.
The roadway was closed for more than three hours as a result of the crash.
It remains unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.
The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information about the collision is urged to contact the CHP Red Bluff officer at 527-2034 or the non-emergency line 1-800-TELL-CHP.
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.