Reedley, California – A woman was injured after her car was hit by a suspected drunk driver on Monday afternoon in Reedley, according to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.
The police said 41-year-old John Mathison was spotted speeding in a black Chevy Impala by a deputy patrolling the area.
The deputy gave a short chase along on Lac Jac Avenue before calling it off the chase for safety concerns of other road users.
A short time later, Mathison sideswiped a white car, with the impact sending both vehicles off the roadway and into an orchard.
Firefighters responded to the scene and rescued a woman who was pinned inside the white car. The unidentified woman was transported to the hospital for treatment of major injuries.
Mathison was not seriously injured and was arrested. He faces multiple charges including DUI and evading police.
No additional information was provided.
An investigation into the accident is underway.
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.