At about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, 32-year-old motorcyclist Alfonso Castaneda was fatally injured in a collision with a teen driver. While traveling westbound on Orange Avenue in a sport utility vehicle, the teenager made a U-turn from the outside lane in front of Castaneda, who was also traveling westbound on Orange at the time. He could not avoid the crash and sustained major trauma. Emergency responders transported him to an area hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday. The accident is under investigation.
“When a driver’s negligence results in a fatal accident, the family of the victim may hold the driver liable and pursue compensation for their loss through the wrongful death claims process,” explained California motorcycle accident lawyer James Ballidis.
Six motorcyclists were killed or injured in collisions that occurred in Perris in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Six of the crashes that resulted in injury or death in the city that year involved a driver under the age of 21. The OTS ranked Perris 10th out of 103 cities with similarly sized populations for its incidence of such accidents in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Alfonso Castaneda, the motorcyclist who was fatally injured.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this U-turn crash.
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