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1 Killed in Crash Involving Tree-Trimming Truck on Highway 12 in Santa Rosa

One Person Killed in Santa Rosa Truck Accident on Highway 12 and Oakmont Drive; Tanner Robinson Arrested

Santa Rosa, California (April 2, 2020) – One person was killed Thursday morning in an alleged DUI crash in Santa Rosa, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The fatal crash happened at about 7:30 a.m. at the intersection of state Highway 12 and Oakmont Drive.

According to the CHP, Tanner Robinson, 29, was driving a tree-trimming truck hauling a wood chipper eastbound on state Highway 12 when he allegedly ran a red light and struck a blue Honda Civic that entered the intersection from Oakmont Drive to turn left onto westbound Highway 12.

The sole occupant and driver of the Honda was pronounced dead at the scene. The name of the victim has not been disclosed pending notification of family.

Authorities determined that Robinson was under the influence of drugs at the time of the accident. He was arrested and booked into custody on DUI. His bail was set at $100,000.

The crash remains under investigation.

According to Arin Khodaverdian, the Managing Partner and CEO Alpine Law Group, a separate investigation by an experienced attorney is necessary to clearly uncover the circumstances surrounding the collision. “An attorney will also help the victim to navigate all the legal processes in pursuit of fair compensation and justice.Truck accident claims are rarely straightforward, and, regardless of the circumstances involved, liable insurance companies will often do everything possible to limit their out-of-pocket expenses by either devaluing or outright denying your claim. It is crucial, therefore, that you have an experienced attorney on your side,” said Arin.

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.
  2. Check for injuries and immediately call for an ambulance if anyone is hurt.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Gather information about the other drivers involved in the accident. Also, talk to witnesses and get their information.
  6. If possible, take photos of the damage to your car and the surrounding area.
  7. Do not admit fault or discuss the accident with anyone. Do not sign any papers unless requested by the police.
  8. 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.
  6. 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.
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