CHP Officer Injured in Santa Barbara County Car Accident on Highway 101
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY (February 21, 2019) – A CHP officer was injured after a traffic collision on Highway 101 Thursday morning, according to Santa Maria Times and KEYT.
A California Highway Patrol unit was hit head on by a vehicle at about 7:40 in the morning on Highway 101, just north of the Highway 1 interchange near Gaviota.
The incident began when the CHP officer, only identified as F. Hernandez, was waiting to make a u-turn in the center divider to respond to multiple traffic collisions about 2 miles south of the location when a Ford F-250 driving southbound lost control and nearly struck him.
The male driver narrowly missed the patrol car and came to a stop in the east side of the northbound lane without hitting any other vehicle.
Car Crash on Highway 101 near Highway 1, Feb 21
However, the Toyota Yaris car directly behind the Ford, driven by 25-year-old Virginia Yan, also spun out of control and crashed into the front of CHP officer’s 2016 Dodge Charger. Both drivers were allegedly driving at unsafe speeds.
The impact caused the CHP car to slide southward in the center divider near the northbound road while the Toyota stopped on the left lane of the southbound road.
Officer Hernandez and Yan reportedly suffered minor injuries but were immediately treated by the medical team on site.
The far left lanes on both sides were closed as authorities conducted an initial investigation.
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A forensic examination of the Ford F-250 and the Toyota Yaris, as well as photos that were taken of the scene, will help investigators determine the cause of the crash. Authorities will thoroughly look into how fast each driver was going, whether or not alcohol or drugs played a role, whether or not there were any mechanical issues with the cars, and whether or not one of the drivers involved was distracted or or did not yield to the right-of-way motorist. The investigation will also consist of looking at measurements of evidence left by the vehicles as point of impact, their final resting position, skid marks, and gouge marks.
Pending the result and findings of the investigation, the injured and held not liable for the collision may have the right to pursue a personal injury lawsuit, seeking a compensation for all the hospital bills, future medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Contact our experienced Santa Barbara County personal injury lawyer at 855-703-4186 for a free case consultation.