Emergency responders rushed to the scene of a pedestrian-car-motorcycle accident recently in the eastbound lanes of Rancho California Road, near Moraga Road.
According to the Southwest Riverside News Network, a 24-year-old was crossing the street just after 9:00 p.m. when he was hit by a passing car.
After the accident, the driver of that vehicle ran into the road, waving his hands and trying to stop other traffic. Within just a few minutes of that, a motorcycle became involved in the accident. The motorcycle ran into the open door of the man's vehicle. Both the pedestrian and the motorcyclist were taken to local hospitals.
"I heard (the driver of the sedan) yelling 'stop! stop! stop!' but (the motorcycle) hit the open door," said a witness.
Our Riverside car accident lawyers understand that accidents can be a scary place, not only because of the accident that occurred but because of other accidents that can result. This is why it's important that you keep an eye out for safety even after an accident -- particularly after an accident.
Do you know what to do after an accident?
-First, you want to check that everyone involved is OK. Call 911 immediately if anyone needs assistance. You will probably also have to call the police; it helps to have a police report filed in any case.
-Make sure you get the insurance and personal information of all parties involved. Try to obtain the name, address, telephone numbers (the more the better), vehicle registration, insurance company and policy number of the other drivers involved.
-Make sure you make a mental note of the scene of the accident. It's not a bad idea to jot down a sketch either. You'd be surprised by how much you can't remember after leaving the scene.
-Ensure the scene is safe. Switch off all engines, turn on hazard warning lights and alert oncoming traffic about the accident.
-Get everyone out of the way. Move off of the street if possible and get away from traffic.
-Remember that accidents are stressful, but it is essential that you do not admit you are to blame or offer to pay anything, as it could be difficult for us to manage your claim and may also affect your rights.
-State only the facts, and limit your discussion of the accident to the police and your insurance agent.
-Ask anyone who witnessed the accident to give their names, addresses and vehicle registrations. These may come in useful later in the event of insurance claims or judicial action.
-If your physical condition permits, it is a good idea to take photographs of the accident scene as soon as possible after the collision occurs. Many cell phones incorporate cameras that enable you to record the scene immediately.
Remember that being prepared for the worst can make the process easier, ensuring that you get back to the things that matter as quickly as you can.
Contact Howard Law, PC today, if you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident. Call today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. 1-800-872-5925.
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