Travel on Highway 101 through Santa Barbara County can offer so many potential hazards to drivers. Cautious drivers can monitor their side of the highway and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles. That focus may not be able to prepare them for another motorist suddenly losing control behind the wheel.
Vehicles can suddenly veer over on drivers or come up from behind and risk hitting others from the rear. Safe drivers also won’t be able to anticipate a threat from a driver traveling the opposite direction but suddenly moving across medians into the path of oncoming traffic.
Dangerous side-swipe and head-on impacts can result and put drivers and passengers at risk of a devastating injury.
Two Killed in a Multi-Vehicle Collision in Santa Barbara County
Two people tragically lost their lives and several people were injured in a collision in southern Santa Barbara County on Thursday morning. The Santa Maria Times reports the accident occurred shortly before 8 a.m. along Highway 101 south of El Capitan State Beach.
The California Highway Patrol responded to the accident just south of El Capitan Ranch Road. They say the chain-reaction accident started when the driver of a Ford Expedition, for an unknown reason, lost control in the northbound lanes. The Expedition collided with a Ford pickup and then crossed the median into the southbound lanes. The SUV then struck an oncoming Honda Accord and a Dodge Van. The expedition then overturned and struck a Chevy Bolt and also sent a Toyota Tundra pickup out of control. The Tundra was only hit with debris from the previous collisions.
Rescue crews had to work to extricate several victims inside the Expedition and the Dodge Van. Sadly, two women from Santa Maria who were in the Expedition lost their lives. Two other people in the Expedition suffered serious injuries and were taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. The Van’s driver suffered major injuries and was also rushed to the hospital. There were several other minor injuries reported.
California Highway Patrol Officers continue to investigate the circumstances of the accident.
Finding Support for Santa Barbara County Car Accident Victims
Victims in serious accidents may find they have a severe injury and be told they face weeks or months of recovery time. Each day in a hospital or in physical therapy can cost thousands of dollars and victims who should focus on healing shouldn’t have to stress over facing these costs alone.
California allows victims in a difficult situation to file a claim for damages against an at-fault driver’s car insurance provider. This civil claim asks the insurance company for support for all medical bills a victim faces now and those possible in the future. This claim would also seek to replace the wages a victim has missed out on while being out of work.
This support can be vital for a victim and his or her family to avoid financial ruin while faced with paying enormous medical costs, while at the same time losing more and more valuable time at work.
Contact a Car Accident Attorney Serving Santa Barbara County
Accident victims shouldn’t have to face the costs of their recovery alone. They also shouldn’t have to contend with unhelpful insurance companies without a legal professional making sure they are getting everything they should.
Insurance companies aren’t required to tell victims or their families about the rights they have. Contact Maison Law of Santa Barbara County for a free consultation and information session on all of the benefits that are available to you. Our consultation comes with no obligation to you and is completely confidential.