Hopland, California – 32-year-old Francisco J. Tinajero, Ukiah, was killed in a car accident near Hopland on Monday morning.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident happened on Highway 175 near Harrison Street at about 11:35 a.m. June 15.
20-year-old Justin Jimenez, of Willits, was driving a 1999 Ford F-250 pickup truck eastbound on Highway 175 when he drifted into the westbound lanes and collided head-on with a 2002 Honda Civic driven by Tinajero.
Tinajero was pronounced dead at the scene by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office.
34-year-old Ruben Tinajero, of Ukiah, who was riding in the Civic was seriously injured in the accident and was airlifted to Santa Rosa for treatment.
Jimenez was also seriously injured in the accident and was airlifted to the hospital.
The California Highway Patrol is 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.