According to the California Highway Patrol, the fatal crash happened around 4:30 p.m. between Minnewawa Avenue and International Avenue, north of Clovis.
A 22-year-old female driver named Wallowa B. was speeding with her Mercedes when she passed a stop sign and collided with a Honda carrying three occupants.
Inside the Honda was a 45-year-old woman who was killed, and her two children, an 8-year-old and a 10-year-old, both sustained injuries of unknown extent and were transported to a nearby hospital.
The Mercedes driver was also transported to a hospital for evaluation. Reports say that Bates has been bonded out of jail after she was arrested for vehicular manslaughter.
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What To Do After A Car Accident
Car accidents can occur anywhere, anytime, so being ready is crucial. Anyone who has been in a car accident knows how important it is always to be prepared. Follow these steps to ensure the safety and protect the rights of the people involved:
- Notify the police of the accident. Authorities will collect data, document it, and add it to an official record.
- Exchange insurance and contact information with the other driver(s) involved in the collision. Take photographs of the vehicles, license plates, and other pertinent details.
- Do not admit fault to anyone, including the police. When speaking with a police officer, focus on the specifics of the incident.
- Seek immediate medical attention. Visit the nearest hospital or a primary care physician.
- California insurers have accident reporting deadlines. Call immediately and follow the agent’s instructions when reporting the accident.
- Be sure to provide the claims adjuster with the necessary details. Avoid recording statements or accepting settlement offers from insurance companies before consulting with an attorney.
- Gather and store all accident-related documentation. Victims should obtain a copy of the police report, information about the other driver, medical bills, injury treatment plans, and other relevant documents.
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Fatal Reckless Accident Statistics
Automobile accidents cause the most accidental deaths and injuries in the US. Every year, two million people pass away in car accidents, and ten million suffer injuries.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines reckless driving as “willful disregard” for the safety of other road users. The NHTSA also recorded 11,258 fatalities caused by speeding in 2020.
The AAA estimated that between 2003 and 2007, 56% of all traffic accidents were caused by reckless driving.
Speeding is the main factor in fatal car collisions in the US. Additionally, one of the leading causes of traffic accidents in America is drunk driving.