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Deadly car accident on Highway 166 when a 31-year-old Santa Maria man died following a two-vehicle collision Saturday morning on Highway 166 about 60 miles east of Santa Maria. The 8 a.m. head-on collision involved a Cadillac sedan driven by a Santa Maria man and a Dodge pickup driven by a 44-year-old Cuyama man on Highway 166 near Kirschenmann Road, according to the California Highway Patrol. The CHP said the Santa Maria man was eastbound on Highway 166 when he tried to pass another vehicle and slammed head on into the westbound pickup. The sedan’s driver died from his injuries and the pickup’s driver was taken by air ambulance to Kern County Medical Center for treatment of minor to moderate injuries. The drivers’ names were not released. Alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the collision, the CHP said. The section of Highway 166 was closed for a short time because emergency equipment blocked the roadway but reopened the highway about 10:40 a.m., CHP officials said. Santa Maria Times
Unfortunately, we see far too many accidents like the accident that occurred on Highway 166 last Saturday. Many of the most devastating accident injury cases are preventable. When operating a vehicle, especially on a two (2) lane highway like 166, be patient and only pass when it is absolutely safe to do so. As injury attorneys, we see far too many devastating accidents that both take lives and leave others with devastating injuries. Driving too fast or making risky lane changes puts your life in danger as well as the lives of passengers and others sharing our crowded roadways. In fact, auto accidents are the leading cause of death in American teenagers. So please be careful when operating a motor vehicle.
We at The May Firm hope for the best to all those involved in this terrible incident. If you, or a loved one, is ever involved in a serious car accident, contact a personal injury attorney to discuss your legal options and to seek compensation for your losses – financial and emotional. In many cases, those injured in car accidents have obeyed traffic laws and done everything right. However, you can control your actions when operating a vehicle, so do everything possible to drive carefully. The auto accident lawyers at The May Firm provide free case consultations 24/7. Again, be safe when operating a motor vehicle because in the blink of an eye you can change your life and the lives of others.
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