Apple Valley, California – A woman was killed in a multi-vehicle collision on Tuesday afternoon in Apple Valley.
According to a report by the California Highway Patrol, the accident happened at about 3:15 p.m. March 31, on Highway 18 near Apple Valley Road.
A woman was driving a 2014 Toyota RAV4 westbound on Highway 18 when her car was rear-ended by a blue 2002 Chrysler Town and Country van.
The impact of the collision sent the Toyota RAV4 into the eastbound lanes where it collided with a Toyota Highlander and a Dodge van.
The woman, whose identity was not immediately disclosed, was killed in the accident.
A passenger in the white van was injured in the accident and was taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center for treatment.
No other person was injured in the accident.
A section of Highway 18 between Apple Valley Road and Kasota Road was closed as the authorities examined the scene.
The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) 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.