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Lisa Chavez Injured in 2-Vehicle Crash on Highway 33 in Gustine

Lisa Chavez Hospitalized after Highway 33 Accident near Sullivan Road in Gustine

Gustine, California (April 23, 2020) – A two-vehicle crash in Gustine has claimed the life of a passenger and left another person with injuries Wednesday evening, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The fatal crash took place at around 4:25 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in the area of State Route 33 and Sullivan Road.

According to the CHP, Lisa Chavez, 23, of San Jose, was driving a 1996 Acura Integra northbound on Highway 33 when she attempted to turn left onto Sullivan Road.

Chavez reportedly turned directly into the path of a 2017 Nissan Sentra that was heading southbound at an unspecified speed. The Sentra ultimately hit the passenger side door of the Integra.

Chavez’s passenger, only identified as a 26-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been disclosed pending notification of next of kin.

Chavez sustained minor injuries and was transported to Los Banos Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The Sentra’s driver, Luis Cruz, 25, of Santa Nella, was not injured in the crash.

All occupants of both vehicles were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident, the CHP said. Alcohol or drugs were not considered a factor in the crash.

An investigation into the accident is underway.

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. Car 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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