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Alejandro Madrid Dies in Sylmar Semi-Truck Accident on Foothill Freeway

Alejandro Madrid Identified as Victim in Fatal Two-Vehicle Crash on Foothill (210)Freeway near Polk Street Off-Ramp in Sylmar

Sylmar, California (May 17, 2020) – Alejandro Madrid, 39, of Pasadena, has been identified as the man who was killed Thursday night in a two-vehicle crash in Sylmar.

A 2012 Cadillac was traveling on the eastbound Foothill (210) Freeway at around 10:55 p.m. Thursday, May 14, when it collided with a semi-truck near the Polk Street off-ramp. As a result of the collision, the Cadillac burst into flames.

Medical personnel responded and declared Madrid dead at the scene.

Authorities closed all eastbound lanes of the Foothill Freeway near Polk Street for more than five hours following the accident. The freeway was reopened at around 4:15 a.m.

It remains unclear if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash. Officer T. Herrera asked anyone who witnessed the accident to call them at 661-294-5540.

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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