Sacramento news reports that Saturday night's fatal car crash killed four people, including two children. The head on car crash occurred when the Toyota Prius crossed the centerline on Highway 50 near Placerville. Initial reports indicate that the Prius "broadsided" a Toyota Sienna minivan. Three people were killed in the car crash, the 39-year-old driver, a female and a child. A second child in the car suffered significant personal injuries. The passengers of the minivan received significant injuries as well. A 4-year-old girl was fatally injured and four others suffered minor to moderate personal injuries.
Weather doesn't appear to be a factor. A California Highway Patrol spokesman noted: "We don't know what caused the Prius to cross into oncoming traffic ... There's an infinite number of possibilities."
The investigation is particularly difficult because there were no witnesses. Investigators have pulled computers from both vehicles that would indicate how fast they were going at the time of the crash, but collecting that information would probably take days.
If you or a loved one has been in a California car accident, it's a good idea to speak with an experienced Stockton car accident lawyer right away. Having a representative on your side, who can begin an investigation into just what factors caused or contributed to an incident is important and can provide clues to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Even in situations where no witnesses exist, it may be possible to piece together clues to help you determine how an accident occurred. The survivors of the incident may provide crucial evidence concerning the speed at which the cars were traveling, what happened just before the accident and other impressions regarding the circumstances surrounding the event.
In fact, knowing the right steps to take if you're in a car accident can significantly aid in your recovery if you have suffered personal injuries in a California car crash. Some tips include:
• Make sure you're okay. If you've been injured, call 911 if possible.
• Exchange basic information with the others involved including names, addresses, phone numbers and driver's license numbers. Avoid making statements such as "It was my fault," or "I wasn't paying attention."
• Do what you can to gather information about how the accident occurred such as:
- The names, addresses and phone numbers of any witnesses.
- A general description of the accident from your perspective.
- The weather conditions at the time of the accident.
-The time of day of the accident.
After obtaining initial information about the accident, do your best to evaluate the extent of your injuries and damage to your vehicle. In certain situations, you won't know the exact nature of your injuries for days, even weeks. As a result, it's important to seek the attention of a medical professional to determine the full physical impact of the accident.
For more information or if you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a California car accident, contact an experienced Stockton personal injury attorney right away to evaluate your claim and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.