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3 Killed in 2-Car Crash on Highway 178 in Bakersfield

Three Die in Bakersfield Car Accident On Highway 178 Near Yankee Canyon Drive

Bakersfield, California (May 13, 2020) – Three people were killed Monday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash in Bakersfield, according to authorities.

The California Highway Patrol said the fatal crash took place at about 2:53 p.m. Monday, May 11, on Highway 178, just east of Yankee Canyon.

According to the CHP, a woman was driving her 1998 Ford Escort westbound on Highway 178 when she entered a left-hand curve on the highway and lost control due to her unsafe speed.

The Ford then drifted into the eastbound lane, where it collided head-on with an oncoming 2002 Toyota Tacoma driven by a man.

The Ford driver and a female passenger in the Toyota were both pronounced dead at the scene.  The male driver of the Toyota was taken to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Further details about the crash were not immediately available.

An investigation into the crash 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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