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Sky Harris Arrested after DUI Crash on Highway 4 in Murphys

Four Children Injured in Highway 4 Accident near Northwood Drive in Murphy

Murphys, California (April 16, 2020) – A suspected drunk driver was arrested following a traffic accident that injured four juveniles Tuesday evening in Murphys, Calaveras County.

The suspect, Sky Harris, 38, of Murphys, was driving his Subaru on Highway 4 near Northwood Drive at around 6:35 p.m. April 14 when he tried to make a left turn off the highway and was hit by a minivan driven by Carlos Vigil, 32, of Arnold.

Four children in the minivan were taken to UC Davis and Adventist Health Sonora with minor to moderate injuries. Virgil was not injured in the crash.

Authorities said Harris suffered minor injuries as a result of the collision. He was later arrested and booked into Calaveras County Jail on suspicion of DUI.

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. 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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