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SANTA MARIA: Erica Kemp, Mariana Silverman and Keilani Waxdeck Injured In Car Accident On Highway 166


Apr 11, 2019

Cal Poly Students Erica Kemp, Mariana Silverman and Keilani Waxdeck Injured In Santa Maria Head-On Car Accident On Highway 166

SANTA MARIA, CALIFORNIA (April 10, 2019) – Three Cal Poly students identified as Erica Kemp, Mariana Silverman and Keilani Waxdeck were injured in a head-on car accident on Highway 166 in Santa Maria.

California Highway Patrol are saying a that a 1992 Honda was rounding a blind curve when it crossed a double yellow. The driver of the Honda and their passenger died from their injuries.

Erica Kemp, Mariana Silverman and Keilani Waxdeck were all seriously injured. There is an ongoing investigation if the driver of the Honda may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 

You can help support the victims of this tragedy through their Go Fund Me accounts:

  1. Help Keilani Triumph over Tragedy
  2. Fundraiser to support our lovely Mariana

Liability In Head-On Car Accidents

Head-on car accidents are among the most dangerous types of collisions that a person can be involved in. These accidents account for roughly 2% of all collisions but make over over 10% of all traffic fatalities. More often than not, head-on crashes are the result of fatigue, distraction or alcohol. According to the California Vehicle Code 23152, “(a) It is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage to drive a vehicle. (b) It is unlawful for a person who has 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a vehicle.”

What many people do not realize is that driving under the influence can include taking prescription medication or over the counter medications. It’s important to consult with your doctor about how any drug may affect your driving. Victims of car accidents are often left with devastating and costly injuries including: 

  • Head Injuries
  • Back Injuries
  • Neck Injuries
  • Death

Victims of car accidents may be able to receive numerous forms of support following an accident. For example, a person who was injured due to the negligence of another driver may have the ability to recover damages for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A car accident attorney can evaluate all of the facts of your case and let you know what your options are. 

Getting Help After A Car Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to Erica Kemp, Mariana Silverman and Keilani Waxdeck. We sincerely hope that any witnesses come forward for the sake of all of the victims and their families. The city of Santa Maria should also look into what measures could be put in place to make this road safer. 

Have you or someone that you love been injured in a car accident? You may be entitled to aid to help cover your medical and financial needs. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We can take steps to make sure that your rights are protected and you get the support that you deserve. Whether you need more information about an accident or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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