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Motorcyclist Killed in Traffic Accident on Orange Street in Redlands

Man Dies in Redlands Motorcycle Accident on Orange Street near Santa Ana River Wash

Redlands, California (April 14, 2020)A traffic accident claimed the life of a motorcyclist Saturday, April 11 in Redlands, authorities said.

The motorcyclist, a 26-year-old Redlands man, was riding a 2009 Kawasaki motorcycle southbound on Orange Street near the Santa Ana River wash just before 5:00 p.m. when he veered across the yellow lines to pass a vehicle.

The motorcyclist eventually collided with a northbound car and then hit the vehicle, which he was attempting to pass.

Emergency personnel responded to the scene and declared the motorcycle rider dead at the scene. His name has not been disclosed pending notification of family.

The operator of the northbound vehicle was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The other motorist was not injured.

Police closed Orange Street for several hours following the mishap.

An investigation into the crash is underway.

What to Do At the Accident Scene

“Far too many motorcycle collisions are caused by the carelessness or recklessness of other motorists. Sadly, when this occurs, motorcyclists are the ones who tend to suffer the vast majority of injuries”, according to Arin Khodaverdian, Managing Partner and CEO Alpine Law Group. Under California’s rule of comparative negligence, a victim may be able to collect compensation for injuries and other damages even if you were partly at fault for the accident.

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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