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Elderly Man Killed in 2-Vehicle Crash on Meridian Road in Chico

80-Year-Old Man Dies in Chico Car Accident on Meridian Road near Kilkare Lane Sunday morning

Chico, California (April 27, 2020) – An elderly man was killed Sunday morning in a traffic accident involving two vehicles in Chico, according to a report by the California Highway Patrol.

The fatal two-vehicle crash took place at around 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 26, on Meridian Road, just north of Kilkare Lane, the CHP report states.

According to the CHP officers, a 1993 Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by an 80-year-old man, was heading northbound on Meridian Road when it attempted to overtake a 2020 Toyota Tundra.

As the 80-year-old man tried to pass, the Chevrolet rear-ended the Toyota Tundra. The force of the impact caused the Chevrolet to roll over and ejected the 80-year-old man.

The 80-year-old man, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time, was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been disclosed pending notification of next of kin.

It remains unclear whether alcohol or drugs were a factor in this crash.

The accident remains under investigation.

According to Arin Khodaverdian, the Managing Partner and CEO Alpine Law Group, a separate investigation by an experienced attorney is necessary to clearly uncover the circumstances surrounding the collision. “An attorney will also help the victim to navigate all the legal processes in pursuit of fair compensation and justice. Car accident claims are rarely straightforward, and, regardless of the circumstances involved, liable insurance companies will often do everything possible to limit their out-of-pocket expenses by either devaluing or outright denying your claim. It is crucial, therefore, that you have an experienced attorney on your side,” said Arin.

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.

  1. Stay at the scene and don’t panic.
  2. Check for injuries and immediately call for an ambulance if anyone is hurt.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Gather information about the other drivers involved in the accident. Also, talk to witnesses and get their information.
  6. If possible, take photos of the damage to your car and the surrounding area.
  7. Do not admit fault or discuss the accident with anyone. Do not sign any papers unless requested by the police.
  8. Do not leave the accident scene until the police have left. 

After leaving the accident scene,

  1. Contact your insurance company as soon as possible.
  2. Get a copy of the accident report from the police.
  3. Get a property damage valuation.
  4. If you were injured in the accident, keep detailed notes of your injuries and track your medical treatment.
  5. Contact a reputable personal injury attorney to protect your rights.
  6. 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.
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