Los Gatos, California (February 23, 2020) – A man has been arrested on suspicion of DUI following a fiery wrong-way car accident that happened on Thursday morning in Los Gatos, Santa Clara.
The California Highway Patrol and the Santa Clara County Fire Department said the accident happened at about 1 a.m. on Highway 17 near Highway 85.
33-year-old Alex Waddle was driving a 1995 Jeep Wrangler southbound in the northbound lane when he crashed into a 2017 Acura carrying four people.
The impact of the collision caused the Jeep to overturn, ejecting the driver. The Jeep is reported to have caught fire after the accident.
A motorcycle crashed into the debris from the collision, ejecting the rider onto the roadway.
Waddle and the motorcyclist were seriously injured in the accident and were transported to an area hospital for treatment.
All the four occupants of the Acura were hospitalized with minor injuries.
Waddle was later arrested on suspicion of DUI.
No additional information was provided.
An investigation into the accident is ongoing.
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.