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Yuma Man Killed in 2-Vehicle Crash on State Route 98 in El Centro

31-Year-Old Yuma Man Dies in El Centro Car Accident on State Route 98 near Interstate 8

El Centro, California (April 22, 2020) – A two-vehicle crash in El Centro claimed the life of a Yuma man Friday, April 17, authorities said.

The fatal crash involving two-vehicles took place on State Route 98, just west of Interstate 8, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP said the 31-year-old Yuma man was driving a Lexus eastbound on State Route 98 when, for undetermined reasons, the Lexus collided with a westbound Ford F-150.

Due to the impact, the Ford spun off the roadway on the north shoulder of State Route 98 while the Lexus landed on the south shoulder of State Route 98.

The Lexus driver was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been released pending notification of family.

The driver of the Ford, a 32-year-old Somerton man, complained of pain after the crash.

Authorities said all drivers were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

Alcohol or drugs were not considered a factor in the accident.

The crash 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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