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Wyatt Phillips Injured in Truck Accident on Highway 101 in Willits

Wyatt Phillips among 3 Injured in Willits DUI Crash on Highway 101 at Willits Bypass

Willits, California (June 4, 2020) – A head-on collision on Highway 101 in Willits left three people injured Tuesday morning, the California Highway Patrol said.

According to the CHP, Brenton Michels, 32, of Kennewick, Washington, was driving a 1999 Honda Civic southbound on Highway 101 at about 7:20 a.m. June 2, when he allowed the vehicle to drift into the northbound lane on the Willits Bypass, where it collided head-on with an oncoming Peterbilt cement truck, driven by Wyatt Phillips, 25, of Ukiah.

After the impact, the cement truck overturned and partially spilled its load of concrete. A tire from the truck came off and struck a 2015 Subaru Legacy, driven by a 58-year-old Humboldt County man. The Subaru had been following the Honda and stopped on the shoulder of the bypass, authorities said.

Phillips and a passenger in the Subaru, a 25-year-old Covelo man, were taken to Howard Memorial Hospital with moderate injuries.

Michels sustained major injuries and was airlifted to Santa Rosa and then to Sacramento. He was later arrested on suspicion of DUI.

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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