Chico, California – One person was killed in a head-on collision that happened on Saturday afternoon, March 14, in Chico.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident happened in the southbound lanes of Highway 99 near Hamilton Nord Cana Highway at about noon.
A black Toyota 4Runner was traveling southbound on SR-99 when it drifted into the opposite lanes and collided head-on with a white Toyota Camry.
The impact of the collision caused the 4Runner to overturn, coming to rest on its right side.
The Camry also overturned onto its roof.
The driver of the 4Runner and his passenger were injured in the accident and were taken to Enloe Hospital for treatment.
The collision resulted in a temporary shutdown of Highway 99 while crews worked to clear debris.
The CHP is investigating the cause of the accident.
What to Do At the Accident Scene
Nobody is ever prepared for an accident. However, knowing what to do in case you are involved in the accident is very crucial. The following steps will help you ensure your safety and the safety of others.
- Stay at the scene and don’t panic.
- Check for injuries and immediately call for an ambulance if anyone is hurt.
- Notify the police even if no one is injured. The police will examine the scene and document the accident. At this point, it is important to record accurate information. You can later request a police report.
- If the accident is minor, it is advisable to move the vehicles to the shoulder and turn on your vehicle’s hazard lights to ensure the safety of other motorists.
- Gather information about the other drivers involved in the accident. Also, talk to witnesses and get their information.
- If possible, take photos of the damage to your car and the surrounding area.
- Do not admit fault or discuss the accident with anyone. Do not sign any papers unless requested by the police.
- Do not leave the accident scene until the police have left.
After leaving the accident scene,
- Contact your insurance company as soon as possible.
- Get a copy of the accident report from the police.
- Get a property damage valuation.
- If you were injured in the accident, keep detailed notes of your injuries and track your medical treatment.
- Contact a reputable personal injury attorney to protect your rights.
- Seek legal advice before you contact your insurer to discuss your car accident claim and compensation for your personal injuries. A qualified attorney will help you recover the maximum amount of damages.