Bakersfield, California – One person was killed in a car crash that left two other people injured in Bakersfield on Thursday morning.
The accident happened just before 2 a.m. May 21, near the intersection of Mt. Vernon Avenue and Niles Street.
According to the California Highway Patrol, a Honda Civic was traveling on the roadway when it ran a red light and struck a Nissan Sentra and a Volvo C70.
The authorities said a passenger in the Honda, who was going to the hospital before the accident, died at the scene of the accident.
The driver of the Honda Civic, who was identified as 22-year-old Ashley Garness, sustained moderate injuries in the accident. He was later arrested on suspicion of DUI.
The driver of the Volvo reportedly sustained minor injuries in the accident.
The Nissan driver was unhurt.
No additional information about the accident was provided.
The authorities are investigating the cause of 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.