1 Killed, 3 People Injured in Car Crash on Highway 154 in Santa Barbara

1 Dead, 3 Injured in Crash on Highway 154 in Santa Barbara, Brian Watana Dul Arrested

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Santa Barbara, California – On Thursday evening, April 9, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department responded to a fatal two-car crash that happened in Santa Barbara, leaving three other people injured.

The major injury crash involving a blue Mazda and a blue Toyota 4Runner happened on Highway 154, about a mile downhill from Painted Cave Road, at around 6 p.m.

As per a California Highway Patrol report, one of the vehicles involved T-boned the other on the passenger’s side.

One person was trapped inside one of the vehicles, and extensive extraction was requested to rescue the person.

Four people were taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. One was suffering from serious injuries, another one with moderate injuries and the other two with minor injuries.

Sadly, the male front passenger in the Mazda succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment.

The SUV driver, 22-year-old Brian Watana Dul, of Goleta, was arrested on suspicion of DUI and vehicular manslaughter

Traffic delay was witnessed in the area of the crash as the authorities investigated the accident.

The cause of the collision remains under investigation.

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.

  1. Stay at the scene and don’t panic.
  1. Check for injuries and immediately call for an ambulance if anyone is hurt.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Gather information about the other drivers involved in the accident. Also, talk to witnesses and get their information.
  5. If possible, take photos of the damage to your car and the surrounding area.
  6. Do not admit fault or discuss the accident with anyone. Do not sign any papers unless requested by the police.
  7. Do not leave the accident scene until the police have left.

After leaving the accident scene,

  1. Contact your insurance company as soon as possible.
  2. Get a copy of the accident report from the police.
  3. Get a property damage valuation.
  4. If you were injured in the accident, keep detailed notes of your injuries and track your medical treatment.
  5. Contact a reputable personal injury attorney to protect your rights.
  1. 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.

Wrongful death and personal injury attorney Arin Khodaverdian, President and Managing Partner of Alpine Law Group, urges accidents victims and their families to immediately seek legal assistance. “Those who are affected by tragedy have rights, but they must act quickly in order to preserve those rights to the full extent of the law. Often, swift action by an experienced attorney is imperative in order to preserve evidence, interview witnesses and immediately begin pursuing any and all responsible parties.”

While Mr. Khodaverdian does not represent any of the parties involved in this incident, he has recovered over $100 million for thousands of injury victims and their families. “In one case, we were able to recover a 7-figure settlement within 11 business days of being hired by the family of a victim killed by a negligent driver. While this result is atypical and does not predict future outcomes, justice in this case help bring about closure and a swift sense of justice for the family.”

Mr. Khodaverdian is personally available for free consultations 24/7 by calling 800-984-4123.