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Sandra Liebel Killed in Head-On Accident on Highway 178 in Lake Isabella

Sandra Liebel ID’d as Passenger Killed in Lake Isabella Car Crash on Highway 178 near Yankee Canyon Drive

Lake Isabella, California (May 14, 2020) – Sandra Merle Liebel, 78, has been identified as one of the three people who were killed in a head-on car crash on Monday afternoon in Isabella Lake, according to the Coroner.

The deadly crash occurred at around 2:53 p.m., on May 11, on Highway 178 near Yankee Canyon Drive.

According to the authorities, a 1998 Ford Escort, driven by Elissa Renee Pappas, 34, collided head-on with a 2002 Toyota Tacoma operated by Sandra Merle Liebel, 78.

The Ford was traveling westbound near Yankee Canyon Drive when it entered a left-hand curve on the roadway, police said.

The driver of the Ford reportedly lost control due to an alleged high rate of speed and entered the eastbound lane where it collided with the Toyota.

Merle Liebel, who was a passenger in the Toyota and Pappas, the Ford driver, both died at the scene.

Milton Liebel was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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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