2 Hurt, 1 Seriously in San Marcos Pass Car Crash on Highway 154 near East Camino Cielo
San Marcos Pass, California (May 9, 2020) – Authorities are investigating a Friday afternoon car crash that left two people injured in San Marcos Pass.
At about 2:00 p.m., on May 8, the police responded to the crash on Highway 154 near East Camino Cielo.
The police said a Toyota RAV4 and a Volkswagen Golf GTI, for unknown reasons, collided on the roadway. One of the cars was making a left-hand turn when it was struck on its side.
Due to the crash impact, the Volkswagen drifted about 30 feet off the road.
First responders’ extricated one victim who was trapped in one of the vehicles following the accident.
One person sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for treatment.
One other victim suffered minor injuries and was aided at the scene. The victim declined to be taken to a hospital for further treatment.
No further details about the crash were immediately available.
An investigation into the accident is ongoing.
According to Arin Khodaverdian, the Managing Partner and CEO Alpine Law Group, a separate investigation by an experienced attorney is necessary to 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.
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.