2 Hospitalized after Santa Rosa Car Accident on Guerneville Road near Willowside Road
Santa Rosa, California (May 14, 2020) – Two people were hospitalized Wednesday morning following an alleged DUI car accident in Santa Rosa, the California Highway Patrol said.
The wreck happened at about 8:55 a.m. Wednesday, May 13, on Guerneville Road, just east of Willowside Road.
A tow truck driver changing a tire on a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu reported seeing the driver drinking alcohol and informed the police. The Malibu’s driver, identified as Megan Worrall, 31, of Sebastopol, fled the scene before the authorities arrived.
According to the CHP, Worrall was driving westbound on Guerneville Road when his vehicle drifted across the double yellow lines into the eastbound lane and collided head-on with an oncoming 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by a 37-year-old Forestville man.
As per the reports, Worrall was speeding and weaving erratically before the collision.
The driver of the Tahoe was transported to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital with moderate injuries. Worrall had major injuries and was taken to the same hospital for treatment.
Worrall was later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
An investigation into the accident is underway.
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.