Riverside, California (February 25, 2020) – 49-year-old Enrique Ramirez Sanchez of Banning has been identified as the tow-truck driver who was seriously injured in a collision on State Route 79 in San Gorgonio Pass on Sunday morning.
At about 9:55 a.m. February 23, the California Highway Patrol received reports of a non-injury solo-vehicle collision on SR 79 near California Avenue.
A tow-truck driven by Sanchez was called to the scene to remove the vehicle.
According to a CHP report, Mr. Ramirez Sanchez was standing next to his tow truck when a southbound Toyota Corolla driven by 29-year-old Marcella Carranza lost control and struck him.
Sanchez sustained serious injuries in the accident and was transported to the Riverside University Health Systems Hospital for treatment.
The collision shut down southbound lanes of State Route 79 for more than an hour.
Although an investigation into the accident is ongoing, the authorities ruled out alcohol and drugs as contributing factors in the accident.
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.