Goleta accident: one driver attempts to flee, is caught by CHP

Posted: June 1, 2022

GOLETA, CA (June 1, 2022) – An accident in Goleta where two vehicles collided head on backed up traffic on Highway 154. The accident occurred on May 26 around 1 p.m. according to the California Highway Patrol.

The crash involved a Toyota pickup truck and a Honda sedan, where one of the drivers reported minor injuries and the other driver attempted to flee the accident on foot. He was later apprehended by the CHP.

Reports say that one of the drivers was maneuvering recklessly on the road prior to the accident, though it is unknown at this time whether drugs or alcohol played a factor in the crash.

The drivers’ identities were unknown at the time of this writing, and we will update this story as more information becomes available.

Liability In Goleta Car Accidents

Despite improved safety measures for cars, motor vehicle accidents remain one of the leading causes of serious injury and death in the United States.  According to the CDC, “more than 32,000 people are killed and 2 million are injured each year from motor vehicle crashes.” There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to a car accident including:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Inclement weather
  • Dangerous turns
  • Poorly designed roadways

All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid causing accidents. This is especially true for commercial drivers that work for a city. A number of collisions are due to drivers that make dangerous left turns. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 21801, the driver of any vehicle intending to turn left must yield the right of way traveling from the opposite direction close enough to pose a hazard.

If a negligent driver worked for a city, that city could potentially be liable in the event of an accident. Generally speaking, employers are vicariously liable for the negligent actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. There are a number of steps that should be taken after a car accident.

  • Photos of the accident site should be taken.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • Medical records should be preserved.
  • Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
  • A thorough independent investigation should be conducted.

The family of any victim that has died in a car accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. It is essential that evidence is properly preserved after a car accident. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating A Goleta Car Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our best wishes to those injured in this case and hope for a speedy recovery. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to the police. A thorough investigation must be conducted for the sake of all who have lost so much.

Do you need more information about a Goleta car accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that negligent drivers are held to account for their actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 395-7234.

 

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