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Motorcyclist killed in crash on Highway 18

Officers with the California Highway Patrol reported that a fatal accident involving a motorcycle and a vehicle happened on Highway 18 near Panorama Point. The accident reportedly happened just before 11:30 a.m. on March 4.

According to authorities, the motorcyclist was traveling north on the highway. For unknown reasons, he crossed the center line into the southbound lanes and then collided with a vehicle traveling south. The accident caused the motorcycle to catch on fire.

Responding law enforcement officers and emergency personnel pronounced the man dead at the accident scene. The crash prompted patrol officers to issue a SigAlert. The lanes were closed until about 12:30 p.m., then reopening to single lanes in each direction. Police said the crash and its cause is still under investigation. The man's name was not released. It is unclear whether or not alcohol or drugs was believed to have factored into the crash.

The report did not state whether anyone in the car was injured. However, a person who is injured in a crash caused by a negligent driver, such as one who is speeding, distracted or impaired, may be able to bring a successful personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault motorist. An attorney who has experience in handling motor vehicle accident claims can review the police investigation report and other evidence such as eyewitness testimony in order to demonstrate negligence on the part of the other driver. If the negligent motorist was fatally injured, the lawsuit seeking compensation for medical expenses and other losses could proceed against the decedent's estate.

Source: The Sun, "Fatal motorcycle crash on Highway 18 prompts Sigalert near Lake Arrowhead," Doug Saunders, March 4, 2016

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