Oakland, California – Two children were killed in a multi-vehicle collision that happened on Thursday morning in Oakland, the California Highway Patrol reported.
The fatal crash happened in the westbound lanes of I-580 Freeway near Lakeshore Avenue, at around 11:30 a.m. May 7.
A white Honda Accord, a white Ford F-250 truck and a white Toyota Sienna minivan were involved in the accident.
The Honda reportedly lost control for unknown reasons and crashed into the rear of a California Department of Transportation Ford truck that was parked in the center divider.
The Honda proceeded and crashed into the minivan.
Two children in the Honda were killed in the accident.
A third child was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries.
A woman who was driving the Honda suffered serious injuries and was also transported to the hospital for treatment.
The CHP said alcohol and drugs did not appear to be the cause of the accident.
The accident remains under investigation.
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.