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Two Hospitalized after Tesla Crash on Hwy 46 in Cambria; Airlift Required

Cambria, CA — On Thursday, July 4, 2024, a single-vehicle accident on Highway 46 in Cambria led to the airlifting of a severely injured patient, as reported by The San Luis Obispo Tribune.

The crash involved a blue Tesla that plunged approximately 200 feet down a steep hill, necessitating immediate and specialized medical intervention for both occupants of the vehicle.

According to the California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) Traffic Incident Information page, the incident occurred around 3:10 PM. Reports indicate that the vehicle veered off the eastbound lane of Highway 46 and descended the cliff face to a point where it was not easily visible from the roadway.

The challenging terrain and significant drop required the combined efforts of both a helicopter and a ground ambulance to assist the injured parties. Cal Fire SLO firefighters managed to locate and extricate the two individuals from the wrecked Tesla.

One patient, who sustained major injuries, was transported by helicopter to receive urgent medical care. The other patient, who suffered moderate injuries, was taken to the hospital via ground ambulance.

Highway 46 is known for its scenic views of wine country but also for its treacherous routes, marked by steep hills and sharp turns that pose risks to drivers. Its history of fatalities includes the death of actor James Dean in 1955.

As the investigation into the cause of the crash continues, authorities are diligently working to determine the factors that led to this unfortunate event.

Passenger Liability

The liability insurance that drivers carry is designed to cover accidental harm caused not only to those outside the vehicle but also to passengers within it. A driver is responsible for the safety of everyone in their vehicle.

While making a Wrongful Death or personal injury claim against someone who knew the victim personally can be emotionally challenging, the financial burdens following a vehicular accident can be substantial.

A skilled personal injury attorney can help grieving families seek proper compensation for their loss by navigating these complex issues and negotiating on the victim’s behalf with insurance companies, who routinely work to minimize the payout of any claim they cannot deny.

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