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1 Killed in DUI Crash at Almaden Expressway and Branham Lane in San Jose

One Killed in San Jose Car Accident at Almaden Expressway and Branham Lane

San Jose, California (May 4, 2020) – One person was killed early Sunday morning in an alleged DUI car accident at an intersection in San Jose, according to authorities.

The crash, which was was reported at about 12:13 a.m., Sunday, May 3, happened at the intersection of Almaden Expressway and Branham Lane.

Authorities said a 32-year-old man was driving his 2006 Nissan Murano northbound on Almaden Expressway when he ran a red light at the intersection and collided with a 2004 Hyundai Tiburon that was heading westbound on Branham Lane.

The Hyundai then collided with a 2019 Tesla that was stopped at the intersection.

The adult male driver of the Hyundai died at the scene. His name has not been disclosed pending notification of family.

The Tesla driver was uninjured in the crash. The driver of the Nissan was transported to a local hospital to be treated of non-life- threatening injuries before being booked into Santa Clara County Jail for vehicular manslaughter and felony DUI.

The accident 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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