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Lompoc, CA (September 18, 2022) – On Friday morning, September 16, an accident resulting in many injuries was reported in Lompoc.

According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the accident occurred in the morning, shortly before 9:30 a.m. on Highway 1 between Vandenberg Space Force Base and Lompoc, a couple of miles south of Santa Lucia Road. A van was traveling eastbound on Santa Lucia Road. The van attempted to make a turn onto Highway 1 when it was broadsided by another vehicle that was traveling southbound on Highway 1.

Emergency personnel was called to the scene. There were many children in the van that was broadsided. Due to the many injuries caused by the crash, multiple emergency agencies were called upon to render care to the victims. One of the children was ejected from the vehicle and sustained very serious injuries. This child was transported by helicopter to a nearby hospital for emergency care. There has been no update at this time as to their condition. Many other people, including more children, were transported to the hospital by ambulance. The driver of the other vehicle was also injured and taken to the hospital for further care.

The force of the impact caused major damage to the vehicles, blocked the roadway, and caused traffic to be significantly backed up. The vehicles had to be towed from the scene. Traffic was diverted while crews helped people from their cars, tended to injuries, and cleaned up the wreckage. The road reopened approximately two hours after the collision.

The authorities are still investigating the exact circumstances surrounding the crash and the events leading up to the collision.

Our thoughts are with all the victims injured in this accident. We hope for the full recovery of all involved.

Car Accidents in California

After a car accident, you may be wondering what needs to be done to best handle the situation. Unless you are rendered incapable of doing so, due to injuries sustained in the accident, here are a few of the important first steps to take after an accident.

  1. Exchange the following information with the other parties involved:
    1. Driver’s name and address
    2. Registered owner’s name and address if different than the driver
    3. Driver’s license number
    4. Vehicle Identification Number
    5. Insurance company’s name, address, and policy number
  2. Document information about the accident and how it occurred (i.e. make, model, color, license plate number of the vehicles involved)
  3. Call the police as soon as possible, so they can record the accident and investigate
  4. Get the names and contact information of any witnesses (this information can be given to the police when they arrive)
  5. Seek immediate medical attention. Some injuries are not noticeable right away, so it is important to be checked by a medical professional to determine if you need further care
  6. Report the accident to your own insurance company
  7. Contact a car accident attorney

A car accident can cause significant interruptions to your life, ranging from new financial worries resulting from medical expenses to vehicle repairs or replacement, just to name a few. Especially if you’re severely injured, you may be worried about how you will pay for your medical care, expenses, and lost wages if you can’t work for some time. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may be entitled to compensation from those who caused the accident.

A trusted car accident lawyer can help you understand the next steps, and what your legal rights and options are. There are many types of claims available for attorneys to pursue to help you receive compensation for your injuries and suffering. An experienced attorney will help choose the best option for your case

If you or a family member were in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence you should speak to an experienced car accident lawyer right away. Contact a Lompoc car accident attorney by calling (888) 539-3154 to see how we can help you.

Note: This post was created through the use of secondary sources such as state and local news sources, police accident reports, social media platforms, and eyewitness accounts about serious injury accidents that take place in Orange County. The facts surrounding this accident have not been independently verified, therefore, if any information is incorrect, please contact Russell & Lazarus APC, Personal Injury Lawyer so we can update the post with the most accurate information available. We will remove this post upon request. 

Disclaimer: This is not a solicitation for business. None of the information in this post is intended to be medical or legal advice. The photo used in this post was not taken at the actual accident scene.

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