(07-04-2024) Two-vehicle collision on Highway 46 near Cholame
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(07-04-2024) Two-vehicle collision on Highway 46 near Cholame

(07-04-2024) Two-vehicle collision on Highway 46 near Cholame(07-04-2024) Two-vehicle collision on Highway 46 near CholameInjuries were reported following a two-vehicle collision that occurred Thursday evening, July 4, 2024, near Cholame in San Luis Obispo County.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the crash occurred at approximately 9:36 p.m. on Highway 46 near the Cholame Y interchange.

CHP said one of the vehicles involved in the crash was in a turn pocket about to turn left onto northbound SR-41 from eastbound SR-46. At the same time, a second vehicle was traveling westbound on SR-46 just east of Cholame Y. As both cars approached the intersection, the car about to turn left came directly in front of the westbound car, causing the crash.

Authorities described the incident as a head-on collision that left several people trapped in the vehicle, including children. The CHP said no one was seriously injured, and the broken wrist may have been the worst anyone has suffered.

The total number of people injured has not been disclosed, nor has the identity of any of the parties to the conflict been revealed.

Authorities believe driver impairment was not a factor in the crash. Further information was not immediately available.

The CHP investigation into the collision is ongoing.

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What to Do After a Car Accident in San Luis Obispo County

No one can predict a car accident or collision, but you can prepare for one. A car accident checklist in your glove box can help you stay calm and organized after a car accident. It can tell you what to do, what not to do, and how to best protect your rights. You are not alone after a collision, no matter how big or small it may be.

Whether you are the victim of a car accident or a family member of a deceased loved one, here is what to do after a car accident:

  1. Keep Calm – Stay at the scene and make sure everyone is OK. First check yourself for injuries, then check others. Stay calm and try to regain your composure.
  2. Go to a safe place – Move your vehicle or pull over to the side of the road if you can. Turn on your hazard lights to warn other drivers of the accident. This will let them know to slow down as they approach. Get to a safe place to wait for the police.
  3. Call 911 – Call the authorities to report the accident as soon as possible. Police can document the incident, gather information, and make it part of the official record.
  4. Exchange information – Exchange names, phone numbers and insurance information with other drivers involved in the accident. If possible, take photos of the vehicles, license plates and other important details.
  5. Don’t plead guilty – This is a common mistake people make after any car accident. When talking to a police officer, stick to the facts of what happened, but never admit fault or say “sorry.” However, be as specific as possible in your description of the collision.
  6. Seek medical attention – Go to a hospital or your GP immediately. Immediate medical attention can help reduce the damage you have suffered from your injuries. Tests and scans can detect internal injuries that may not yet show symptoms.
  7. Report to your insurance company – Most insurance carriers have time limits on how quickly you must report an accident in California. Call quickly and follow the agent’s directions to report the accident.
  8. Talk to insurance adjusters – You may get a call from the other side’s insurance company the day of your accident. You can talk to a claims adjuster, but don’t give out more information than is necessary. Don’t write a statement or accept an insurance settlement offer until you’ve spoken to a lawyer.
  9. Create file – Keep your accident-related documents in one place and organized. Your file should include a copy of the police report, medical bills, information about the other driver, injury treatment plans, and any other documents you have collected about the incident.
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Car accident statistics

Based on data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2021, motor vehicle crashes accounted for 21% of all preventable injury-related deaths in the U.S. From January to June 2023, an estimated 19,515 traffic crash deaths were reported, which is 3.3% less than the total of 20,190 deaths reported in the first half of 2022.

In the first half of 2023, NHTSA recorded 2,061 deaths in California from car crashes. Last year, the state recorded a total of 160,819 deaths and injuries.

According to the latest data from the Transportation Injury Mapping System, there were 929 crashes in San Luis Obispo County in 2023 that resulted in injuries or fatalities.