Taft, California (May 31, 2020) – A woman was injured in a suspected DUI car crash in Taft on Thursday evening.
According to a report by the California Highway Patrol, the accident happened at about 5:30 p.m. May 28, in the area of Wood Street and Lierly Avenue.
A Chevrolet Cruz is reported to have been traveling southbound on Lierly Avenue when it allegedly ran a stop sign and crashed into a Ford driven by 21-year-old Yvette Herrera, of Taft.
The impact of the collision sent one of the cars off the roadway and into the front yard of a home.
Herrera was trapped in her vehicle and had to be extricated before being transported to Kern Medical Center for treatment.
The driver of the Chevrolet fled the scene on but was later arrested on suspicion of DUI.
No additional information about the accident was provided.
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.