18yo Giselle Abundes-Ramirez killed on Highway 18 in Apple Valley

Posted: June 17, 2022

APPLE VALLEY, CA (June 17, 2022) – 18-year-old Giselle Abundes-Ramirez was tragically killed in a two-car collision on Highway 18 in Apple Valley.

Victorville Valley News Group reports that Abundes-Ramirez, a Victorville resident, was driving a black Kia Forte heading west on State Highway 18 near Rimrock Road when she lost control of the car and went over the center median.

Abundes-Ramirez ended up crashing head-on with a gray Nissan van that was heading eastbound on Highway 18.

Giselle Abundes-Ramirez suffered fatal injuries as a result of the catastrophic crash, and was pronounced dead at 3:03 p.m. on Thursday, June 9.

Her 16-year-old brother was a passenger in the Kia when the accident occurred, and sustained major injures. He was airlifted to a nearby trauma center for treatment.

The driver of the Nissan van also sustained moderate injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital.

Liability In Apple Valley Car Accidents

Despite improved safety measures for cars, motor vehicle accidents remain one of the leading causes of serious injury and death in the United States.  According to the CDC, “more than 32,000 people are killed and 2 million are injured each year from motor vehicle crashes.” There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to a car accident including:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Inclement weather
  • Dangerous turns
  • Poorly designed roadways

All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid causing accidents. This is especially true for commercial drivers that work for a city. A number of collisions are due to drivers that make dangerous left turns. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 21801, the driver of any vehicle intending to turn left must yield the right of way traveling from the opposite direction close enough to pose a hazard.

If a negligent driver worked for a city, that city could potentially be liable in the event of an accident. Generally speaking, employers are vicariously liable for the negligent actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. There are a number of steps that should be taken after a car accident.

  • Photos of the accident site should be taken.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • Medical records should be preserved.
  • Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
  • A thorough independent investigation should be conducted.

The family of any victim that has died in a car accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. It is essential that evidence is properly preserved after a car accident. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating An Apple Valley Car Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Giselle Abundes-Ramirez. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to the police. A thorough investigation must be conducted for the sake of all who have lost so much.

Do you need more information about a Apple Valley car accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that negligent drivers are held to account for their actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (844) 966-0965.


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