June 20, 2014

Hit-and-Run Accidents: Alert System Proposed to Apprehend Drivers

AMBER Alert highway sign alerting motorists to...

AMBER Alert highway sign alerting motorists to a suspected child abduction in Northern California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hit-and-run accidents are a major problem in California and nationwide, and oftentimes tips from the public help authorities apprehend the drivers who cause them. Now one lawmaker representing Los Angeles—a city notorious for hit-and-run crashes—is proposing to use the statewide Emergency Alert System to keep the public informed about when and where these accidents occur and the vehicles involved in them.

Proposed by Assemblyman Mike Gatto earlier this month, Assembly Bill 47 calls for a ‘yellow alert’ system modeled after Amber Alerts. The hope is that when the public is promptly given descriptions of the vehicles involved in hit-and-run accidents, they can help authorities catch the drivers before they’re able to flee and hide evidence. This is not Gatto’s first attempt to alleviate the problem. A bill he introduced last fall that would extend the statute of limitations for hit-and-run offenses from three to six years will take effect this July.

In recent years, the incidence of hit-and-run accidents has been on the rise in California and throughout the nation despite an overall decline in motor vehicle collision fatalities, reported USA Today. The number of hit-and-run crashes resulting in deaths increased from 1,274 in 2009, to 1,393 in 2010, to 1,449 in 2011—13.7 percent over the three-year period. During that same time, traffic deaths fell 4.5 percent from 33,883 in 2009 to 32,367 in 2011.

Hit-and-run collisions have proven especially problematic in car-centric Los Angeles, where hit-and-run was a factor in 48 percent of accidents, compared to with 11 percent nationally, reported the LA Weekly in 2009. California Office of Traffic Safety crash data indicate that hit-and-run was a factor in 5,893 of the fatal and injury accidents that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2011. The agency ranked the county the 2nd worst in the state for hit-and-run.


Hopefully, Assembly Bill 47 will pass and, with more eyes on the lookout, hit-and-run drivers will find it increasingly challenging to avoid law enforcement.


What do you think? Could the yellow-alert system help alleviate the hit-and-run accident problem?


For more information on hit-and-run accidents and on the rights of victims of these types of collisions, feel free to call 888-752-7474 or contact us online.


May 23, 2014

Click It or Ticket: Buckle Up Memorial Day Weekend or Pay

Seat belt plug

Seat belt plug (Photo credit: goodgerster)

If you’ll be joining the more than 30 million Americans expected to be on the roads this Memorial Day weekend then you should buckle up or risk paying steep fines. Until June 1, the California Highway Patrol and law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in full force looking for drivers and passengers who are unbelted as part of their Click It or Ticket campaign.

Those who choose not to wear seatbelts are risking more than the expense of a ticket: they’re increasing their chances of losing their lives in a crash by 50 percent. In 2012 alone, over 10,000 passenger vehicle occupants were not wearing seatbelts when they were killed in collisions, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Seatbelts were estimated to have saved nearly 63,000 lives from 2008 to 2012.

While more drivers are buckling up in California than in the rest of the nation, 97.4 percent versus 86 percent, we still have 800,000 people or more in the state who aren’t spending the two seconds it takes to put on their seatbelts and potentially save their lives.

State and local authorities hope to persuade—whether through education or enforcement—more drivers to wear their seatbelts. Motorists caught without one this weekend face a minimum $161 fine if it’s they’re first offense; those who fail to buckle up children under the age of 16 will have to pay $490 per child, as well as receive a violation point on their driver’s record.

The Click It or Ticket campaign will be in effect nationwide, so drivers traveling to other states will encounter similar enforcement, though the fines may vary.

Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish you a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend.

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May 21, 2014

Road Rage: Man Shot Woman in Eye with BB Gun

Shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, 2014, a 28-year-old man shot a 22-year-old woman in the eye with a BB gun in an apparent road-rage incident in Stevenson Ranch, reported the Los Angeles Times. The suspect, Cory Flenory, a parolee, attempted to ram the car in which the woman was riding in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart. Flenory then followed the vehicle to the intersection of the Old Road and Pico Canyon Road, where he shot at the vehicle with his BB gun. The woman was shot in the right eye and underwent seven hours of surgery. Authorities arrested him shortly before 8 a.m. on Monday on suspicion of mayhem.



Every year in the United States, an average of at least 1,500 people are injured or killed as a result of ‘aggressive driving,’ according to a study published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Since 2005, the number of people who say they’ve felt ‘uncontrollable anger’ toward another driver has doubled to more than 1 in 10 drivers on the road, reported The Washington Post. Among younger drivers, 1 in 6, or 18 percent, reported feeling road rage often.

Under California law, drivers who engage in road rage will face penalties for assault, the suspension of their licenses, and a court-approved anger management course on road rage. In addition to criminal charges, overly-aggressive drivers could also face civil actions, such as personal injury claims, from those who they harm for recovery-related expenses, such as medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering.

Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the woman who was injured in this road rage incident.

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May 8, 2014

Where Are Orange County’s Most Dangerous Intersections?

Result of a serious automobile accident

Result of a serious automobile accident (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Do you often hear cars screeching to a halt down the road from your house? Some intersections are worse than others when it comes to crashes. Today, the Orange County Register revealed the eight most dangerous intersections in the county. Read on to find out if the one near you is among them.


1. Chapman Avenue at Jamboree Road in Orange was the location of 5 fatal crashes between 2008 and 2012. The “complex section of road” where Santiago Canyon Road crosses Jamboree Road and turns into Chapman Avenue—where “rural meets city”—is considered Orange County’s most dangerous.

2. In Santa Ana, the intersection of 17th Street and Fairview Street is heavily traveled by pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists, as it is located by numerous apartment complexes, shopping centers, bus stops and freeway entrances. With 1 fatal and several injury accidents occurring there between 2008 and 2012, it is considered the second most dangerous intersection in O.C.

3. Similar to 17th Street at Fairview Street, the intersection of Chapman Avenue and Gilbert Street in Garden Grove is also dense with cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers. The location of one fatal collision, the intersection ranks as the third most dangerous in O.C.

4. Located near Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, the intersection of Bristol Street and McFadden Avenue in Santa Ana is often flooded with students and pedestrians when classes are dismissed. With one traffic fatality, it is considered Orange County’s fourth most dangerous intersection.

5. With drivers entering and exiting the 73 Freeway at high rates of speed, the intersection of Bristol Street at Campus Drive in Newport Beach is the fifth most dangerous in the county, with crashes there causing one death and serious injury to three people.

6. The intersection where a two-lane street meets and a popular six-lane thoroughfare to I-5, El Toro Road at Montcliff Drive in Lake Forest has been the location of several serious accidents and is considered the sixth most dangerous.

7. Not far from the freeway, shopping centers, and a junior college, the intersection of Jeffrey Road and Irvine Center Drive in Irvine has seen four serious accidents and is Orange County’s seventh most dangerous.

8. With five people hurt in four collisions, the intersection of Olympiad Road at Alicia Parkway in Mission Viejo is the eighth most dangerous in the county.


While many of us consider the freeway to be more dangerous than local streets, only a third of fatal and serious-injury accidents occur there. Most crashes occur on the familiar roads we take to the grocery store and to our kids’ schools.


Do you have an especially dangerous intersection near your neighborhood?


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May 6, 2014

466 Arrested for DUI in LA over Cinco de Mayo

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Police car emergency lighting fixtures switched on. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As people celebrated Cinco de Mayo over the weekend, authorities arrested 466 motorists for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Los Angeles County, reported the Los Angeles Times. The holiday DUI crackdown, which included authorities from 100 law enforcement agencies and involved DUI patrols and sobriety checkpoints, began on Friday and ended Monday night. DUI saturation patrols were also planned for Orange County over the weekend; however, the sheriff’s department here has yet to release information concerning how many arrests were made.


In 2012, fatalities in collisions involving drunk drivers increased 4.6 percent, claiming 10,322 lives compared to 9,865 in 2011, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 or higher, nearly twice the legal limit, were responsible for the majority of those accidents. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 6,562 of the accidents that caused injury or death in Los Angeles County that year.


DUI checkpoints have been shown to decrease fatality rates by an average of 20 percent.


Throughout the state, the next DUI crackdown will be held over Memorial Day weekend, one of the deadliest holidays of the year, with traffic accidents claiming 29 lives and injuring 1,818 people in 2011.


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April 1, 2014

Safety Technology Crucial to Saving Children’s Lives Finally Mandatory

Biking in the driveway

Biking in the driveway (Photo credit: quinn.anya)

Accidentally harming their children is many parents’ worst nightmare. One night in October 2002, Greg Gulbransen, a loving father and pediatrician, checked on his sleeping, two-year-old son Cameron after returning from an evening out with his wife. He then went to move the family’s SUV into their driveway. As he backed in, he felt a small bump with the front wheel. When he jumped out of the vehicle, he found the most devastating scene of his life: his son lying down with his blanket in his hand while bleeding profusely from his head. The boy had followed his father out to the car. Had Greg’s SUV come equipped with a backup camera, he may have seen him.


Since the tragic accident, Greg and other parents who’ve suffered similar fates have campaigned to have the government require all automakers to install this crucial safety technology in their vehicles. Despite passing the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act in 2008, which required the Department of Transportation to issue a standard for rear visibility to car manufacturers by 2011, the DOT and its National Highway Traffic Safety Administration failed to act until now. After filing four extensions and facing a lawsuit for its delayed action, the DOT and the NHTSA announced yesterday that backup cameras must be standard equipment in all vehicles under 10,000 pounds built in and after May 2018.


While advocates of rear visibility technology—which could potentially prevent the 210 deaths and 15,000 injuries suffered in backup accidents every year—welcome the mandate, they are critical of the DOT and the NHTSA for waiting so long to act.


Joan Claybrook, the former head of the NHTSA and president emeritus of the consumer advocate group Public Citizen, told the Los Angeles Times that automakers, already offering the cameras as an option at a considerable price to customers, may have been against the rule because it would diminish their revenues.


The NHTSA attributed the delay to a desire to ensure the “policy was right and…the rule flexible and achievable.” While this may be the case, the delay does not look good for the agency, which is already receiving scrutiny from the government and safety advocates for failing to act after receiving information about GM’s faulty ignition switches, now linked to 13 deaths, in 2007. GM reportedly knew about the problem as early as 2001 and waited to issue a recall until last February.


What do you think? Has the NHTSA favored the interests of carmakers over the safety of consumers?


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March 13, 2014

Austin, Texas: SXSW Crash Killed 2, Injured 23

Shortly after midnight on Thursday, March 13, 2014, a crash at the South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival in Austin, Texas killed two people and injured at least 23 others, reported the Los Angeles Times.


Police officers suspected a motorist was driving while intoxicated. When they attempted to stop him, he sped away, broke through a barricade, and drove the wrong way on a one-way street packed with festivalgoers, crashing into a crowd standing near the Mohawk nightclub. Two people who were riding a motorized scooter were struck and died at the scene. Emergency responders transported 10 others to the hospital, five to receive treatment for major trauma. The driver has been arrested and faces potential charges of capital murder, manslaughter, and aggravated assault with a motor vehicle.


Across the country, impaired driving claims thousands of lives and injures tens of thousands of others every year. Deaths in crashes involving drunk drivers increased 4.6 percent from 9,865 in 2011 to 10,322 in 2012, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In many cases, the victims of these accidents are not the drunk drivers, with unimpaired drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and bicyclists accounting for 3,371 of those killed in DUI crashes in 2011.


Those who have been injured in or lost loved ones to crashes involving drunk drivers have recourse through the civil and the criminal justice system. For more information, please call 888-752-7474 or contact our office online.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of the two people who were killed in the crash at SXSW. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the 23 people who were injured.

March 12, 2014

GM Recall: No Excuse for the Deadly Delay

Result of a serious automobile accident

Result of a serious automobile accident (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When you think about it, driving to work or around town is one of the most dangerous things we do every day. While we can’t predict when and if we’ll be in an accident, many of us take some comfort in the fact that cars are safer now than they used to be. They have seat belts and airbags and a host of other innovations to increase our chances of surviving a crash. Imagine, however, that one of these features, the airbags, failed to deploy, possibly turning the serious accident our kids were in into a fatal one and that the automaker knew of the defect and did nothing about it for years as more and more lives were lost. That’s exactly what happened at General Motors, and many people—parents, officials, and safety advocates—are, understandably, outraged.


Last month, GM recalled 1.6 million vehicles due to a defect in the ignition switches that caused some of its cars that were manufactured between 2003 and 2007 to stall or fail to deploy their airbags. Despite documenting the problem as early as 2004, a year prior to the first of thirteen deaths in crashes in which the vehicle’s airbags failed to deploy, and communications with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about the issue, GM stalled to recall its defective cars.


The only action the automaker took to inform drivers of and potentially protect them from the problem was to issue a technical service bulletin to dealers to advise owners to remove ‘unessential items from their key chains.’ Due to a defect in the ignition, the “key could be jostled out of the ‘run’ position if the driver’s leg hit it or if the key ring was too heavy, turning off the engine,” reported The New York Times.


Vehicles subject to the recall include the 2005-07 Chevrolet Cobalt, the 2007 Pontiac G5, the 2003-07 Saturn Ion, the 2006-07 Chevrolet HHR, the 2006-07 Pontiac Solstice, and the 2007 Saturn Sky.


After discovering safety issues with their vehicles, carmakers are legally obligated to notify the NHTSA of their plans for a recall within five business days or face a civil fine of up to $35 million. The fact that GM was aware of the defect, even facing “claims and lawsuits in which allegations were made regarding the ignition switch issue,” for so long and that NHTSA created a report about but failed to open a formal investigation into the problem suggests a major failure of the system meant to protect us. Hopefully, the Congressional investigation into both parties’ roles in the deadly delay will result in some clearly necessary reforms to how auto defects are handled.


What do you think of GM’s and the NHTSA’s actions? Should they have acted sooner?


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February 24, 2014

Hit-and-Run Epidemic: What Can We Do to Help?

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English: The whole scene of a car crash, and rescue teams in action in Maracaibo, by the year 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Imagine that your husband went for a bike ride around the park one Sunday morning and a van struck and dragged him nearly 600 feet, shearing off parts of his feet, wearing down large patches of his skin, and grinding off some of his fingertips as he grabbed the pavement in an attempt to free himself; or that your daughter was leaving a museum and was struck by a BMW with such force that her teeth were knocked out, her jaw snapped apart, and her kneecaps shattered; or your father tried to cross a busy intersection in his wheelchair and was hit and killed. Like the rest of us, you’d be shocked, worried, and upset, but you’d also be outraged when you discovered that the driver cared so little for human life that he or she fled the scene, leaving your loved one to suffer in the street.


These three stories are real and represent only a fraction of the tragedies suffered on our streets and sidewalks. The reality in Orange County, where hit-and-run drivers killed or injured 935 people in 2011, is grim, but it’s much worse in Los Angeles.


“Hit-and-Run Capital of the Country”


Nationally, hit-and-run was a factor in 11 percent of crashes, but in Los Angeles drivers fled the scene in 48 percent of collisions, according to L.A. Weekly. Likening the problem to an epidemic, the publication reported that 20,000 hit-and-run accidents occurred each year, and 4,000 resulted in injury or death.


Last year, more than 21,000 hit-and-run crimes were recorded, with more than 1,200 causing injury and 41 resulting in death—lives and families City Councilman Joe Buscaino may have been thinking about when he said, “Los Angeles has ‘the distinction of being the hit-and-run capital of the country,’” at a recent meeting of the Public Safety Committee concerning a proposed program that would offer rewards of up to $50,000 for information that could help lead to the arrest and conviction of hit-and-run drivers.


Under the proposal, awards of up to $1,000 would be offered for hit-and-run accidents involving property damage, $25,000 for those causing injury, and $50,000 for those resulting in death. The LAPD and city attorney are expected to submit a detailed plan for the pilot program to the Public Safety Committee in two months, reported the Los Angeles Times.


How Can We Help?


Essentially, the proposed program would be rewarding the public for what we should all be doing anyway: helping to catch those who’ve left family members, friends, and coworkers for dead on the side of the road. Considering how crucial tips are to solving these cases, the added incentive could sway some who would be turning in a friend or loved one or who otherwise wouldn’t call.


‘Witnesses are paramount in an investigation like this,’ LAPD Detective Felix Padilla, who specializes in hit-and-run accidents, told ABC News. ‘We can arrest the car, meaning I can impound it. But what good is that if I don’t have the person who was driving, you know?’


Hopefully, the pilot program is eventually implemented, but until then and whether we live in Los Angeles or Orange County or anywhere, we should all consider that the victims of these accidents could be our own sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers, or spouses, and do all that we can to help catch those who hurt them.


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February 24, 2014

Bel-Air: Salma Hayek’s Brother Involved in Fatal Crash

Shortly before 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 23, 2014, Salma Hayek’s brother, 40-year-old Sami Hayek, was involved in a fatal crash in the Bel-Air area of Los Angeles, reported the Los Angeles Times.


While traveling eastbound on Sunset Boulevard in a 2006 Ford GT, Hayek lost control of the vehicle, veered into westbound lanes, and crashed into a 2011 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. His male passenger, a 43-year-old resident of Mexico, was pronounced dead at the scene. Emergency responders transported Hayek and the driver of the truck, 20-year-old Alvin Gomez, to an area hospital to receive treatment for their injuries. Authorities are investigating the accident.


After six consecutive years of declining, motor vehicle crashes and deaths increased in 2012 on our nation's roads and highways. We lost 33,561 people to collisions that year, 3.3 percent more than in 2011, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The California Office of Traffic Safety indicates that crash fatalities in the state increased 2.6 percent in California and decreased slightly in Los Angeles, from 568 in 2010 to 542 in 2011.


As a personal injury law firm, we know how devastating the sudden loss of a loved one to a traffic accident can be and would like to offer our condolences to the family of the man who was killed in this crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to Sami Hayek and Alvin Gomez.

February 13, 2014

Toddler Miraculously Okay after Ejected from Vehicle on I-5

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in their car seats, ready to go home - _MG_1962 (Photo credit: sean dreilinger)

Last night, two parents in Orange County got a scary lesson in car seat safety. Their 4-year-old boy was ejected through the rear window after the father swerved to avoid a tire tread, lost control of the SUV, and crashed into a concrete wall on the side of I-5. Fortunately, he landed in a bed of ice plant nearly 20 feet away instead of on concrete and suffered only scratches and bruises. California Highway Patrol officer Stacy Willits told the Orange County Register that the outcome is ‘[an] absolute miracle for him and his parents.’ CHP officers are investigating whether the car seat had been properly installed.


Research shows that 7 out of 10 child safety seats are not installed correctly.
—Department of Motor Vehicles



How to Correctly Install Your Child Safety Seat


Always place it in the back seat.

Ensure that seatbelt straps or tethers are tight.

Check and remove any twists in the seatbelt straps.

Make sure the base of the car seat is at the right incline angle.


Securing Your Child


Place the child with his or her back and bottom flat against the car seat.

Check that carrier straps are tight. If using a harness clip, ensure that it is even with the baby’s shoulders or armpits.

Place coats and blankets over the harness after you’ve buckled your child in the seat.

Make sure there are no twists in the harness strap and that they’re snug, with no more than one finger’s slack.


These are just a few guidelines. Visit the DMV’s website for a more complete list of tips.


Have Your Seat Checked


Despite how common it is to improperly install child safety seats, most parents are confident they have done the job correctly. To be safe, always visit a Child Safety Seat Inspection Station.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie are glad that the toddler escaped this accident without suffering serious trauma.


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February 11, 2014

Wrong-Way Driver in Diamond Bar Crash a Repeat DUI Offender

The wrong-way driver responsible for the deadly crash in Diamond Bar over the weekend is a repeat DUI offender, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Olivia Carolee Culbreath was 17 years old the first time she was convicted for driving under the influence in San Bernardino County and was cited for traffic violations on at least two other occasions. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, the restrictions on her license were lifted last week—just days before the 21-year-old drove eastbound on the westbound 60 Freeway at about 100 mph and caused the head-on crash that claimed the lives of Gregorio Mejia-Martinez, 47; Leticia Ibarra, 42; Jessica Jasmine Mejia, 20; Ester Delgado; Maya Culbreath, 24; and Kristin Melissa Young, 21.


Across the country, the incidence of deadly crashes involving alcohol have been rising, and repeat DUI offenders are responsible for many of them. Drunk driving deaths increased 4.6 percent from 9,865 lives in 2011 to 10,322 lives in 2012. In the majority of those collisions, the drivers had a blood alcohol concentration that was nearly twice the legal limit, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The National Institutes of Health report that over 30 percent of all DUI arrests are of people who have committed the same crime in the past.


The consensus among traffic safety experts and officials is that ignition interlocks, devices that prevent cars from starting if their drivers register a blood alcohol level of 0.02 percent, are one of the best ways to combat the problem. The NHTSA estimates the devices would reduce recidivism by 75 percent and drunk driving deaths by 7 percent.


In California, families who have lost loved ones to traffic accidents involving drunk drivers have recourse through the civil justice system. For more information about the civil claims process, please call 866-981-5596 or contact us online.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of Gregorio Mejia-Martinez, Leticia Ibarra, Jessica Jasmine Mejia, Ester Delgado, Maya Culbreath, and Kristin Melissa Young.

February 10, 2014

Saturday Night Live Star Arrested for DUI

Chris Kattan at the premiere of Baby Mama in N...

Chris Kattan at the premiere of Baby Mama in New York City at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Shortly before 2 a.m. on Monday, February 10, 2014, former “Saturday Night Live” star Chris Kattan was arrested on suspicion of DUI after he crashed into the back of a state Department of Transportation vehicle in Encino, reported the Los Angeles Times. A 911 caller reported that Kattan’s 2011 Mercedes was weaving on the westbound 101 near Balboa Boulevard before it crossed over orange safety cones and collided with the DOT vehicle, which was parked on the right shoulder where Caltrans crews were working on a guardrail. No one was hurt in the accident. Authorities arrested Kattan on suspicion of DUI.


Drunk driving claims thousands of lives every year in the United States, and, unfortunately, the incidence of deadly DUI crashes is rising. Accidents involving drunk drivers that resulted in fatalities increased 4.6 percent from 9,865 in 2011 to 10,322 in 2012, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The majority of these crashes involved drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of .15 of higher, which is nearly twice the legal limit.


Given that repeat DUI offenders are often responsible for deaths on our roads, the NHTSA is focusing on deterrence through ignition interlock devices and recently released a “Model Guideline for State Ignition Interlock Programs” to help states develop and implement breath alcohol ignition interlock programs based on highly successful practices from the U.S. and around the world.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie are glad that motorists took the responsibility to report a drunk driver on the road last night and that no one was injured in the accident.


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February 3, 2014

Cars to Communicate with Each Other in the Near Future

English: A rare photograph showing the Highway...

English: A rare photograph showing the Highway 401 / Highway 402 interchange in it's entirety in London, Ontario. Taken from the Digman Drive overpass, which was under repairs at the time this photo was taken (hence the construction pylons and signs). The overpass doesn't have a sidewalk, so the only time I could take photos without the fear of being hit by cars was during this brief timeframe. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For most of us, driving to work or school is the riskiest thing we do all day. Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death in the nation. As a personal injury law firm, we know that, in many cases, we’re the ones to blame for them. In fact, Rae Tyson, a spokesman for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, recently told Forbes that 95 percent of crashes are caused by human error. Automakers and the U.S. government believe technology may be the answer to keeping us safer on the roads.


While Google and companies like Audi, BMW, and Volvo plan to eliminate human error by replacing us with autonomous driving software—with self-driving cars—the Department of Transportation intends to keep us in the driver’s seat while having our cars communicate crucial safety information to each other in the near future.


Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology enables cars carrying it to exchange basic safety-relevant data, including speed, direction, and relative position, 10 times per second. The 360-degree situational awareness V2V provides vehicles allows them to warn drivers with beeps, flashes, or steering wheel and seat vibrations if it’s not safe to pass on a two-lane road or to make a left turn across the path of oncoming traffic. The NHTSA estimates V2V has the potential to reduce crashes by 70 to 80 percent when impaired driving is not a factor.


Today, the Department of Transportation announced its plans to initiate the process necessary to create and release a regulatory proposal that would mandate auto manufacturers to include the technology in new vehicles. While, even when such a mandate is enacted, it could take years for the country’s vehicle fleet to be even 50 percent equipped with V2V and, therefore, for the safety potential of the technology to be more fully realized, the announcement reflects a step in the right direction for our safety and that of our children.


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January 29, 2014

Super Bowl: Orange County Revelers Beware of DUI Crackdown

Super Bowl MetroCards

Super Bowl MetroCards (Photo credit: MTAPhotos)

Many of us are excited for Super Bowl XLVIII—the suspense of the competition, the commercials, and, of course, the food and celebrations—but some of us probably still need to plan how we’ll be getting around that day. While the first thought on your minds when you hear that Orange County law enforcement will be out in full force cracking down on drunk drivers on Sunday may be how to avoid a DUI, in our personal injury law firm we often see the darker side of holidays and events like the Super Bowl: injuries and deaths in crashes. Whether a DUI or a car accident, game day could be ruined for you.

Alcohol-involved crashes are 75 percent higher on Super Bowl Sunday than on other comparable Sundays in January and February.
-Automobile Club of Southern California

We want you to have fun this Sunday, so we’ve made a list of ways to stay safe and out of trouble.


If you’re going out to watch the game…

-Designate a sober driver before leaving your house.
-Plan ahead. Sometimes designated drivers end up drinking, so keep the numbers for cab companies or sober ride services in your phone or wallet.


If you’re throwing a Super Bowl party…

-Check with your guests to make sure they’ve designated sober drivers or have arranged a safe ride home.
-Offer guests food and non-alcoholic beverages and stop serving alcohol to those who’ve clearly had too much to drink.
-Shut the bar down at the end of the third quarter and start serving coffee and dessert.
-Keep the numbers for local taxi companies handy.
-Take drivers’ keys away from them if they pose a risk on the road to themselves or others.


Designated Drivers…

-Keep your promises and get your friends and loved ones home safely. You can drink any other day, so why put lives in danger just to have a few today?
-Make sure everyone in the car wears seat belts; they reduce the risk of dying in a crash by 45 percent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
-If you suspect another driver has been drinking, have a passenger call 911.

Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk

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January 24, 2014

Riverside: Motorcyclist Armando Huerta Killed in Crash

On Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 30-year-old motorcyclist Armando Huerta was killed in a crash in Riverside, reported The Press-Enterprise. The 33-year-old driver of a 2006 Nissan Altima pulled out of the driveway of Adams Elementary School in front of Huerta’s 2008 Suzuki GSXR 1000, which was traveling eastbound on Colorado Avenue at the time. Huerta was unable to avoid a collision and crashed into the side of the car. Emergency responders transported him to an area hospital, where he died a short time later. Witnesses, or anyone with information about the accident, are asked to call Detective Ken Madsen at 951-826-8723.


In Riverside, motorcyclists were involved in 46 of the 1,327 traffic accidents that resulted in injury or death in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Statewide, the incidence of motorcyclists killed in crashes increased 15 percent, from 352 in 2010 to 414 in 2011. Throughout the country, 4,388 riders died in crashes in 2011, accounting for 14 percent of all motor vehicle crash fatalities that year.


Under California law, when a motorist’s negligence results in a fatal accident, the family of the victim may hold the motorist civilly liable for their loss. For more information about the civil claims process after an accident, please call 866-981-5596 or contact us through our website.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Armando Huerta.

January 17, 2014

Free Seminar Exposes Auto Insurance Secrets that Save Drivers

Insurance policy limits can prove pivotal to your ability to recover physically and financially after an auto accident. As a personal injury attorney, I know what it takes to settle a case. After practicing in Orange County for nearly 30 years, I also know that after an accident, you may not receive enough compensation to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering if the at-fault driver’s insurance policy is too small, and unfortunately that’s often the case. Insurers offer the kind of coverage you need to overcome such an accident. They won’t tell you about it, but I will. I’m not trying to sell you a policy. I’m trying to tell you how to protect yourself and your family in case you’re involved in a serious accident.


The price of the right auto insurance is too small and the risk of being hit by an uninsured motorist—one in seven drivers you share the road with—too great not to at least come to my seminar and learn what kind of policy you need. You already have to buy insurance, why only make sure it protects the other guy and not you and your family?


Next week, I’m sharing the auto insurance secrets insurers don’t want you to know during my free seminar. I hope to see you there.


Free Auto Insurance Seminar


When: Tuesday, January 21 or Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6 p.m.
Where: Radisson Hotel, 4545 MacArthur Boulevard, Newport Beach, CA, 92660
Please call 888-752-7474 to reserve your seat or contact our office online.


If you can’t make it, send me your policy helpjimhelpme@gmail.com. I’ll look over it and give you insurance advice free of charge.


About Jim Ballidis

Orange County injury lawyer Jim Ballidis has been helping the victims of auto, truck, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents throughout California for more than 25 years. During this time, he has written numerous articles and books to promote transportation safety and to protect the rights of motorists who are injured in accidents. To request one of these free resources, please call 888-752-7474 or contact our office online.

December 30, 2013

Law Enforcement to Crackdown on Drugged Drivers this New Year’s Eve

With so much media attention focused on preventing drunk driving this New Year’s Eve, many of us may not be aware of the toll drugged driving takes on our roads and highways. Local law enforcement has not forgotten. During the impending New Year’s Eve DUI crackdown, officers will be using a new test to catch drugged drivers, reported the Los Angeles Times.


Nationally, the incidence of individuals driving while drunk remains greater than that of those taking the wheel high: 29.1 million people driving under the influence of alcohol compared to 10.3 million driving under the influence of illicit drugs, according to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The number of people driving while on drugs rose 3.7 percent from the year prior, and, given that these statistics do not include prescription drugs—the abuse of which has reached “epidemic” levels in recent years—is probably much higher.


The damage these drivers are doing on the road, however, is more difficult to measure, in large part because blood tests for drugs other than alcohol are inconsistently performed. We do know from the NHTSA that 18 percent of fatally injured drivers tested positive for drugs in 2009.


Capable of identifying cocaine, Xanax, methamphetamine, amphetamine, narcotic analgesics, methadone, and THC in a swab of saliva, the portable drug tests, which have only been used 50 times this year so far, could not only assist law enforcement in removing drugged drivers from our roads but, if implemented more systematically, could provide a greater picture of the toll they’re taking in terms of lives lost in drug-impaired driving crashes.

December 27, 2013

Orange County Winter Holiday DUI Arrests Down

Compared to the same Winter Holiday Anti-DUI crackdown last year—which this year started at 12:01 a.m. Friday, December 13 and ended at midnight on Thursday, December 26—arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs were down. Officers in ‘Avoid the 38’ DUI deployments, a campaign titled after the 38 participating county law enforcement agencies, made 597 DUI arrests this year, 97 fewer than last year. Drunk driving has fortunately not claimed any lives in Orange County yet either.


Drunk Driving Has Consequences Far Worse than a DUI


Nearly 10,000 people die each year in DUI crashes, about 27 people a day, or one person every 53 minutes.

More than 33 percent, or 3,371, of those killed in DUI accidents are not the drunk driver.

1,612 of the victims were passengers in the vehicles of drunk drivers, with children under the age of 15 years old accounting for 91 of the victims.

710 of the victims were pedestrians and bicyclists.

Drunk drivers accounted for 6,507 of the fatalities.


While the number of lives lost to drunk driving should be enough to deter us all from taking the wheel while intoxicated this New Year’s Eve, some inevitably will. With DUI checkpoints and roving DUI patrols scheduled until midnight on Wednesday, January 1, 2014, hopefully those who do will be caught before they cause any harm to themselves or others.

December 17, 2013

Los Angeles: Nearly 500 Arrested for DUI Last Weekend

The annual number of drunk driving deaths has been rising across the country, prompting law enforcement in cities large and small to crackdown, especially during the winter holidays, when fatalities tend to spike. Los Angeles is no exception. During DUI checkpoints and roving patrols last weekend, officers from the 100 law enforcement agencies participating in the Avoid the 100 campaign arrested nearly 500 drivers for DUI, reported the Los Angeles Times.


Their efforts were funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which reports that alcohol-related crash fatalities increased by 4.6 percent, from 9,865 in 2011 to 10,322 in 2012. Most of those accidents involved drivers with a blood alcohol concentration that was nearly double the legal limit of .08.


Marked by holiday parties, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve, fatal DUI crashes tend to be more prevalent in December than other months, claiming 830 lives during last year’s holiday season—one life every 54 minutes. To combat the problem, law enforcement will be out in full force until January 1st.


Click here for a list of DUI checkpoints and patrols in Orange County this month.

December 11, 2013

Orange County: Where Are DUI Checkpoints this Christmas/New Year’s Eve?

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over


Packed with holiday parties and Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations where alcohol is often served, December is among the deadliest months of the year for drivers, with drunk driving crashes claiming 505 lives in California from 2007 to 2011, according to the CHP. For those of us wondering how law enforcement plans to keep our roads safe this holiday season, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has released the schedule for its DUI Task Force Holiday crackdown.


Using grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety, local law enforcement will unite from December 13, 2013 to January 1, 2014 to remove drunk, unlicensed, and scofflaw drivers from Orange County streets.


DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Fullerton: Thursday, 12/12
Santa Ana and Laguna Woods: Friday, 12/13
Brea and Huntington Beach: Saturday, 12/14
Seal Beach, Los Alamitos, and Cypress: Friday, 12/20
Santa Ana: Saturday, 12/21
Huntington Beach and La Habra: Friday, 12/27
Santa Ana and Westminster: Friday, 12/27
Anaheim: Saturday, 12/28
Garden Grove: Tuesday, 12/31


DUI Saturation Patrols 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Los Alamitos: Friday, 12/13
Costa Mesa: Thursday, 12/19
La Habra, Placentia, Brea, CSU Fullerton: Saturday, 12/21
Seal Beach, Los Alamitos, Westminster: Friday, 12/27
Westminster: Saturday 12/28
Tustin: Monday, 12/30
Anaheim and Placentia: Tuesday, 12/31

Revelers who choose to drink and drive face a host of consequences if caught: jail time, license suspension, higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repair expenses—and, worst of all, taking the life of another.


Designate a sober driver this December.

December 5, 2013

Van Nuys: Eleven Injured in Collision on 405 Freeway

On the morning of Wednesday, December 4, eleven people were injured in a multiple-vehicle collision on the 405 Freeway in Van Nuys, reported the Los Angeles Times. While traveling southbound, a white Chevy Cavalier suddenly crossed the double yellow line and entered the carpool lane, where a catering truck traveling at 60 to 65 mph rear-ended it; the truck then veered into the congested neighboring lanes, colliding with several other vehicles. Emergency responders provided medical attention to four vehicle occupants at the scene and transported seven others to area hospitals for injuries ranging from minor to major. Authorities are investigating the crash.


Throughout Los Angeles County, 72,010 people were killed or injured in motor vehicle collisions in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. The OTS compares the accident data of California’s 58 counties, ranking those with the poorest records the highest, starting with 1st place. That year, Los Angeles County ranked 15th for its incidence of fatal and injury motor vehicle collisions.


In California, when a person is injured in an auto accident that was attributable to the negligence of another, he or she may file a personal injury claim against the at-fault party in order to obtain compensation for recovery-related expenses, such as for medical bills, lost earnings, and pain and suffering. For more information on the personal injury claims process, please call 866-981-5596.


Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the eleven people who were injured in the collision on the 405 Freeway.

November 18, 2013

Hemet: Apolinar Belliard, Female Occupant, and Tim Meyers Killed in Separate Crashes

Shortly before 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 16, 51-year-old Apolinar Belliard and a 61-year-old female occupant were killed in a crash in Hemet, reported The Press-Enterprise. The accident occurred on Florida Avenue when a Dodge Caliber collided head-on with a Honda Pilot east of Warren Road. While authorities were investigating the accident, another one occurred not far away in the 100 block of West Johnston Avenue. Tim Meyers, 60, veered from the road and collided with a tree and a house. Emergency responders transported him to an area hospital, where he succumbed to the trauma he suffered a short time later. Authorities believe Meyers may have experienced a medical emergency shortly before the accident. Both collisions are under investigation.


The California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records indicate that motor vehicle collisions claimed 454 lives in Hemet in 2010. The OTS compares the accident data of cities with populations of a similar size, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings; 1st place is considered the worst. That year, Hemet ranked 13th out of 103 cities for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes.


After a fatal collision, the families of the victims may hold the at-fault parties liable for their losses by filing wrongful death claims. To learn more about the wrongful death claims process, please call 866-981-5596 or contact the firm online.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of Apolinar Belliard, the female occupant, and Tim Meyers.

November 18, 2013

Rancho Cucamonga: Fatal Collision Closed Interstate 10

At about 7 p.m. on Sunday, November 17, a fatal collision closed Interstate 10 near Rancho Cucamonga, reported The Press-Enterprise. The crash, which occurred in the westbound lanes, involved multiple vehicles and required the Los Angeles County Fire Department to land a helicopter on the freeway at Indian Hills in Pomona. The California Highway Patrol indicated that the accident was fatal and is investigating. All westbound lanes were reopened by 8:45 p.m.


Motor vehicle collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 414 people in Rancho Cucamonga in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. The OTS compares the accident data of cities with populations of a similar size, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, starting with 1st place. That year, Rancho Cucamonga ranked 49th out of 53 cities for its incidence of fatal and injury collisions.


Those who have been injured or lost loved ones to car accidents have recourse through the civil justice system and may take legal actions to hold the parties responsible for their injuries or losses liable. For more information on the personal injury and the wrongful death claims process, please call 866-981-5596.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the person who was killed in the accident. We would also like to wish a full recovery to those who were injured.

November 18, 2013

Santa Ana: Wrong-Way Crash Killed One, Injured Three

At about 1:48 a.m. on Saturday, November 16, a wrong-way crash killed one person and seriously injured three others in Santa Ana, reported the Orange County Register. While traveling at a high rate of speed westbound on McFadden Avenue, the 30-year-old driver of a silver Nissan Sentra veered into eastbound lanes near South Mohawk Drive and collided head-on with a black Chevy Silverado pickup truck that was waiting at a red light. The driver of the Nissan was pronounced dead at the scene. Emergency responders transported two passengers of the Nissan and the 48-year-old female driver of the truck to area hospitals to receive treatment for serious injuries. Authorities suspect alcohol was a contributing factor and are investigating the accident.


Traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 1,621 people in Santa Ana in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current statistics. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 200 of the fatal and injury accidents, with the OTS ranking Santa Ana 3rd out of 13 cities of a similar size for its incidence of DUI crashes in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.


Under California law, those who have been injured or lost loved ones to traffic accidents have recourse through the civil justice system. For more information on the rights of the victims of auto accidents, please call 866-981-5596.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the person who died in this accident. We would also like to wish a full recovery to those who were injured.

November 8, 2013

Los Angeles: DUI Driver Stuck, Injured Caltrans Worker

At about 4:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 7, a suspected DUI driver struck and seriously injured a Caltrans worker in Los Angeles. The accident occurred in the southbound lanes under the 105 Freeway overpass near the intersection of Sepulveda Boulevard and Imperial Boulevard. The driver hit the worker while he was removing cones from the street. Emergency responders transported him to an area hospital to receive treatment for major trauma. The driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, reported the Los Angeles Times.


One hundred and eighty California Department of Transportation employees have been killed while on the job since 1924. One of the primary contributing factors of accidents involving Caltrans workers is motorists who fail to exercise caution in Caltrans work zones. In 2013, the California Department of Transportation recorded 2 traffic-related employee deaths.


Those who have been injured in traffic accidents in California have recourse through the civil justice system. For more information on the civil claims process, please call 866-981-5596.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the man who was struck and seriously injured.

November 4, 2013

San Jacinto: Two Seriously Injured in Alcohol-Involved Collision

At about 1:45 a.m. on Sunday, November 3, two people were seriously injured in an alcohol-involved collision in San Jacinto, reported The Press-Enterprise. While traveling eastbound on the Ramona Expressway, 38-year-old Yadira Gonzalez allowed her Chrysler PT Cruiser to enter a construction area and collide with a trailer, the impact sending it into the westbound lanes of the expressway, where it crashed into a Toyota Sienna. Two occupants of the Toyota sustained serious trauma and were transported to the hospital. Authorities arrested Gonzalez on one felony count of driving under the influence causing injury.


Motor vehicle collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 143 people in San Jacinto in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 20 of the collisions that resulted in injury or death in the city that year. The OTS ranked San Jacinto 28th out of 93 cities for its incidence of fatal and injury alcohol-involved crashes in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.


Those who have been injured in an accident may file personal injury claims against the negligent driver in order to be compensated for recovery-related expenses, such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To learn more about the personal injury claims process, please call 866-981-5596 or contact us at www.allenflatt.com.


Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the two people who were injured in the alcohol-involved collision.

November 4, 2013

Riverside: Women Killed, Man Seriously Injured in Rollover Accident

At about 1:15 a.m. on Sunday, November 3, a 30-year-old woman was killed and a 42-year-old man was seriously injured in a rollover accident in Riverside, reported The Press-Enterprise. While traveling northbound on the 215 Freeway in a 1995 GMC Sonoma, the woman veered from the road and lost control of the vehicle when she attempted to return to the freeway, causing it to rollover multiple times. The woman suffered fatal trauma and was declared dead at the scene. Emergency responders transported the male passenger to a local hospital in serious condition. Authorities are investigating the accident.


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that 32,367 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents in the United States in 2011, a 1.9 percent decrease from the 32,999 traffic fatalities that occurred in 2010 and the lowest number of deaths since 1949. In California, traffic fatalities increased 2.6 percent, from 2,720 in 2010 to 2,791 in 2011, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety.


California law provides recourse through the civil justice system for those who have been injured or lost loved ones in traffic accidents. For more information on the civil claims process, please call 866-981-5596.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the woman who lost her life in the accident. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the man who was injured.

November 4, 2013

Lake Elsinore: Four Injured in Hit-and-Run Accident

At about 5:40 p.m. on Sunday, November 3, four people were injured in a hit-and-run accident in Lake Elsinore, reported The Press-Enterprise. While traveling near the intersection of Corydon Street and Melinda Lane in a white vehicle, 33-year-old Elmar Danilo Carrillo Perez veered into oncoming traffic. In an attempt to avoid a collision, the driver of a Mitsubishi Montero swerved but ended up striking a GMC Sierra pickup. Emergency responders transported four occupants from the Mitsubishi and the GMC to local hospitals. Perez fled the scene but was later apprehended and arrested on suspicion of DUI and hit-and-run. Witnesses, or anyone with information about the accident, are asked to call Deputy Richard Williams at the sheriff’s Lake Elsinore Station at 951-245-3300.


Motor vehicle collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 168 people in Lake Elsinore in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 10 of the fatal and injury collisions. Three of the crashes involved a hit-and-run driver. Throughout California, alcohol-impaired driving fatalities claimed 774 lives in 2010 and 2011—the lowest DUI death total ever.


After an accident resulting in injury, the victims may file personal injury claims against the at-fault driver in order to be compensated for their recovery-related expenses. For more information on the injury claims process, please call 866-981-5596.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the four people who were injured in the hit-and-run accident.

November 4, 2013

Riverside: Dodge Viper Crashed, Killing Driver and Injuring Passenger

At about 7 p.m. on Friday, November 1, a Dodge Viper traveling at nearly 100 mph crashed into a palm tree in Riverside, the impact killing the driver and seriously injuring the passenger, reported the Los Angeles Times. The accident occurred on 3rd Street near Chicago Avenue. The male driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Emergency responders transported a female passenger to an area hospital to receive treatment for major trauma. Witnesses, or anyone with information about the accident, are asked to call Riverside Police Det. Ken Madsen at 951-826-8723.


The California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current accident records indicate that 1,316 people were killed or injured in motor vehicle collisions that occurred in Riverside in 2010. The OTS ranked Riverside 8th out of 13 cities with populations of more than 250,000 for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes that year; 1st place is the worst possible ranking. Statewide, 2,720 people were killed in collisions.


When a traffic accident results in injury or death, the victims or their families may hold the at-fault party liable for the expenses associated with their recoveries or losses. For more information on the civil claims process after an auto accident, please call 866-981-5596.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the driver who lost his life in this accident. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the female passenger.

November 4, 2013

Highland Park: Blanca Belman Almanza and Ana Cuadra Killed in DUI Crash

At about 1:35 a.m. on Sunday, November 3, 23-year-old Blanca Belman Almanza and 22-year-old Ana Cuadra were killed in a DUI crash in Highland Park, reported the Los Angeles Times. While traveling northbound on the 110 Freeway, the 22-year-old driver of the 2011 Nissan Sentra the women were riding in crashed into a tree and a chain-link fence near Avenue 52. The vehicle was seriously damaged, and firefighters had to use hydraulic tools to extricate some of the occupants. Almanza and Cuadra were pronounced dead at the scene. Emergency responders transported three other women to area hospitals. Authorities arrested the driver on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The accident is under investigation.


Throughout Los Angeles County, 72,010 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Alcohol was a factor in 6,511 of the accidents that resulted in injury or death, with the OTS ranking Los Angeles 38th out of 58 counties for its incidence of DUI crashes in a rating system in which 1st place is the worst. Across California, DUI crashes claimed 774 lives that year.


After an accident resulting in injury or death, the victims or their families may hold the party who caused the crash liable for the expenses related to their recoveries or losses through the civil justice system. To learn more about the civil claims process, please call 866-981-5596 or contact our office through our website, www.allenflatt.com.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of Blanca Belman Almanza and Ana Cuadra. We would also like to wish a full recovery to those who were injured in the crash.

November 1, 2013

San Jacinto: Rene Munguia Killed, Two Injured in Rollover Accident

Shortly before 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 27, 23-year-old Rene Munguia was killed and two people were injured in a rollover accident in San Jacinto, reported The Press-Enterprise. While traveling along Soboba Road, the driver of a pickup truck lost control of the vehicle less than two miles north of Chabela Drive, causing it to overturn several times. Munguia, a front-seat passenger, was pronounced dead at the scene. Emergency responders transported two other victims to area hospitals to receive treatment for injuries ranging from moderate to major. The accident is under investigation.


San Jacinto accounted for none of the 164 fatalities and 132 of the 10,594 injuries suffered in motor vehicle accidents that occurred in Riverside County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranked San Jacinto 37th out of 93 similarly sized cities for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes that year; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.


California law ensures that that those who have been injured or lost loved ones in traffic accidents have recourse through the civil justice system and may hold the parties at fault for the accidents liable for expenses related to their recoveries or losses. To learn more about the rights of accident victims and their families, please call 866-981-5596.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Rene Munguia. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the two people who were injured.

November 1, 2013

Laguna Beach: Two Killed, Two Injured in Crash on 73 Freeway

Shortly before 5:40 p.m. on Thursday, October 31, two people were killed and two were injured in a crash on the 73 Freeway in Laguna Beach, reported the Orange County Register. While traveling southbound on the toll road, a landscaping truck with a trailer attached drove through a barrier on the Laguna Canyon Road off-ramp. Two of the male occupants of the truck were pronounced dead at the scene. Emergency responders transported two others to an area hospital to receive treatment for serious trauma. Witnesses, or anyone with information about the accident, are asked to contact California Highway Patrol officials at 949-559-7888.


Laguna Beach accounted for none of the 71 fatalities and 156 of the 17,031 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in crashes that occurred in Orange County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranked Orange County 26th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury collisions in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.


California law provides recourse through the civil justice system for those who have been injured or lost loved ones in traffic accidents. To learn more about the personal injury and the wrongful death claims process after an auto accident please call 866-981-5596.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of the two men who were killed in the crash on the 73 Freeway. We would also like to wish a full recovery to those who were injured.

October 28, 2013

Baker: Passenger Julio Rios Valencia Killed in DUI Crash

Shortly after 5:15 a.m. on Sunday, October 27, 21-year-old Julio Rios Valencia, of Tustin, was killed in a DUI crash on I-15 near Baker in the Mojave Desert, reported the Orange County Register. While speeding northbound in a 2008 GMC Sierra, 22-year-old Jose Aguiano Cazares, of Santa Ana, drifted onto a dirt median, overcorrected to the right, crossed northbound lanes, and rolled the vehicle onto the right shoulder. Rios Valencia, a passenger, was ejected from the truck and suffered fatal trauma. Cazares was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Authorities are investigating the collision.


Alcohol-impaired driving is a serious traffic safety problem in the United States, claiming the lives of almost 30 people every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2010, 10,228 people were killed in DUI crashes, accounting for nearly 31 percent of all traffic-related deaths. Annually, DUI accidents cost the country more than $51 billion.


After a fatal crash, the family of the victim may file a wrongful death claim in order to hold the at-fault driver liable for their loss. For more information on the wrongful death claims process after an auto accident, please call 866-981-5596.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Julio Rios Valencia, the passenger who was killed in the DUI crash.

October 23, 2013

Fontana: Shawn Michael Scott, Helen Terry Amaya, and Joelene Amaya Killed in Rear-End Crash

At about 8:30 p.m. on Monday, October 21, 33-year-old Shawn Michael Scott, 33-year-old Helen Terry Amaya, and 2-year-old Joelene Amaya were killed in a rear-end crash in Fontana, reported the Los Angeles Times. The accident, which occurred at the intersection of Citrus Avenue and Foothill Boulevard, was triggered when a motorist sped through the light at which Scott and Amaya’s vehicle was stopped, slamming into the back of the car and sending it into the intersection, where another vehicle struck it. Scott and Joelene were pronounced dead at the scene. Amaya was taken to a local hospital, where she later died from her injuries. Several other people sustained trauma. The accident is under investigation.


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s most current crash data indicate that motor vehicle collisions claimed the lives of 32,367 people in 2011. This was the lowest number of traffic deaths the agency recorded since 1949, when there were 30,246 fatalities. It represented a 1.9 percent decrease in the number of deaths that occurred in crashes in 2010, when the agency recorded 32,999 fatalities.


In California, when a family loses a loved one in a traffic accident, they may file a wrongful death claim against the party responsible for the crash. For more information on the wrongful death claims process, please call 866-981-5596 or email us via our website contact form.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of Shawn Michael Scott, Helen Terry Amaya, and Joelene Amaya.

October 22, 2013

Lake Elsinore: Michael Smyth Killed in Rear-End Collision with BMW

Shortly after 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 20, 53-year-old Michael Smyth, of Murrieta, was killed in a rear-end collision with a BMW in Lake Elsinore, reported The Press-Enterprise. While traveling southbound in the fast lane of Interstate 15 in a 1999 BMW 5 Series, 28-year-old Juan M. Moreno, of Montebello, failed to decelerate and rear-ended the 2007 Hyundai Azera Smyth was driving, the impact causing it to spin out of control and collide with a call box on the right shoulder before it rolled over. Emergency responders transported Smyth to an area hospital, where he succumbed to the trauma he suffered. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.


Lake Elsinore accounted for 4 of the 164 fatalities and 198 of the 10,594 injuries motor vehicle occupants suffered in traffic collisions that occurred in Riverside County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Following too closely was a primary collision factor in 3 of the crashes that resulted in death and 5,387 that caused injury in California in 2010. Rear-end collisions claimed 9 lives and injured 6,966 people that year.


After a fatal accident, the family of the victim may hold the at-fault party liable for their loss through the civil justice system. For more information on pursuing a civil claim after a fatal auto accident, please call 866-981-5596.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Michael Smyth.

October 21, 2013

Yermo: Passenger Suffered Major Trauma in DUI Crash

At about 1:22 a.m. on Thursday, October 17, a 28-year-old man from Van Nuys suffered major trauma in a DUI crash in Yermo, reported the Desert Dispatch. While traveling northbound on Interstate 15 in a 1973 Volkswagen Bug, 31-year-old Christopher Swindle, of Las Vegas, made what a California Highway Patrol officer described as “unsafe turning movements” and lost control of the vehicle south of Yermo Road, causing it to rollover. The Van Nuys man, a passenger, sustained serious injuries. Swindle, who was not hurt, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Authorities are investigating the accident.


Passengers accounted for 59 of the 180 fatalities and 4,056 of the 11,050 injuries suffered in motor vehicle accidents that occurred in San Bernardino County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 1,351 of the collisions that resulted in injury or death in the county that year, with San Bernardino ranking 39th out of 58 counties for its incidence of DUI crashes in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.


Those who have suffered injury in motor vehicle collisions that are attributable to the negligence of another may hold that party liable for the expenses associated with their recoveries. To learn more about the personal injury claims process after an auto accident, please call 866-981-5596.


Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the passenger who suffered major trauma in the DUI crash.

October 19, 2013

Lake Elsinore: Jeffrey Murphy Killed, Brooke White and Elbert E. Barbar Injured in Wrong-Way Crash

Shortly after 1 a.m. on Thursday, October 17, 36-year-old Jeffrey Murphy, of Fullerton, was killed, 20-year-old Brooke White, of San Diego, suffered major trauma, and 58-year-old Elbert E. Barbar, of Murrieta, sustained minor injuries in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 15 north of Lake Elsinore, reported The Press-Enterprise. While traveling northbound in the southbound No. 1 lane in a Honda CRV, Murphy collided with the southbound Honda Accord that Barbar was driving, the impact sending the CRV into the air and causing it to rollover in the No. 2 lane, where it collided with a southbound Peterbilt semi. The semi spun clockwise toward the right shoulder, where it hit a parked U-Haul and White, who was standing next to the vehicle. Murphy was ejected from the CRV and pronounced dead at the scene. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.


The California Office of Traffic Safety’s records indicate that 168 people were killed or injured in motor vehicle crashes that occurred in Lake Elsinore in 2010. Thirteen of the accidents that resulted in injury or death occurred between the hours of 9 p.m. and 2:59 a.m. The OTS ranked Lake Elsinore 64th out of 103 cities with populations of between 50,001 and 100,000 for its incidence of fatal and injury collisions in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.


In California, those who have been injured or lost loved ones in traffic accidents have recourse through the civil justice system. For more information on the civil claims process, please call 866-981-5596.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Jeffrey Murphy. We would also like to wish a full recovery to Brooke White and Elbert E. Barbar.

October 19, 2013

Jurupa Valley: Elizabeth Mendez, Elizabeth Mendez, and Maria Contreras Killed in Hit-and-Run Accident, Driver Arrested

At about 9:58 a.m. on Saturday, October 12, 8-year-old Elizabeth Mendez, 33-year-old Elizabeth Mendez, and 62-year-old Maria Contreras, all of Norwalk, were killed in a hit-and-run accident in Jurupa Valley, reported The Press-Enterprise. The head-on collision occurred near 10050 Limonite Avenue in the Mira Loma area. Authorities arrested 26-year-old Darrill Rasim Asani on suspicion of hit-and-run and three counts of voluntary manslaughter. The crash is under investigation.


Motor vehicle collisions claimed the lives of 164 people and injured another 10,594 in Riverside County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Hit-and-run was a factor in 528 of the fatal and injury crashes that occurred in Riverside County in 2010. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranked Riverside 33rd out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury hit-and-run crashes in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.


Motorists who cause serious or fatal injury in a traffic accident may be held liable by the victims or their surviving family members through the civil justice system. For more information on the process of filing a civil claim after an auto accident, please call 866-981-5596.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of Elizabeth Mendez, Elizabeth Mendez, and Maria Contreras.

October 19, 2013

Winchester: One Killed, Two Injured in Collision

Shortly before 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16, one person was killed and two people were injured in a collision in Winchester, reported The Press-Enterprise. The crash, which involved two vehicles, occurred at the intersection of Warren and Simpson Roads, between Hemet-Ryan Airport and Diamond Valley Lake. The CHP is investigating the accident.


The incidence of traffic fatalities increased 2.6 percent in California, from 2,720 in 2010 to 2,791 in 2011, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. In 2011, 32,367 people died in motor vehicle crashes in the United States—the lowest number the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recorded since 1949, when there were 30,246 deaths.


California law provides recourse to accident victims through the civil justice system, giving those who have suffered injury or the loss of a loved one the right to pursue compensation for the expenses related to their recoveries or losses from the party who caused the accident.To learn more about the rights of accident victims, please call 866-981-5596.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the person who was killed in the Winchester collision. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the two people who were injured.

October 19, 2013

Lake Matthews: Saul Oros-Gomez Killed, Two Injured in Crash

At about 4:29 a.m. on Friday, October 18, 38-year-old Saul Oros-Gomez, of Riverside, was killed and two people were injured in a crash on a rural road southeast of Lake Matthews, reported The Press-Enterprise. While traveling on El Sobrante, Oros-Gomez swerved onto a dirt shoulder and lost control of his car about 700 feet east of Lockwood Road, colliding with two other vehicles. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Emergency responders transported the two victims to an area hospital to receive treatment for injuries ranging from minor to moderate. Authorities are investigating the crash.


Throughout Riverside County, 11,417 people were killed or injured in motor vehicle collisions in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked Riverside 46th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst. Statewide, traffic fatalities increased 2.6 percent, from 2,720 in 2010 to 2,791 in 2011.


When a collision results in injury or death, the victims or their surviving family members have the right to seek compensation for the expenses associated with their recoveries or losses through the civil justice system. To learn more about the civil claims process after an auto accident, please call 866-981-5596 or fill out our website form.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Saul Oros-Gomez. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the two people who were injured.

October 12, 2013

Carson: Rogelio Torres Killed in Multiple-Vehicle Crash

At about 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 9, 54-year-old Rogelio Torres, of Bell, was killed in a multiple-vehicle crash in Carson, reported the Long Beach Press-Telegram. The collision occurred on the southbound 710 Freeway near Del Amo Boulevard and left one vehicle overturned. Emergency responders pronounced Torres dead at the scene. Authorities are investigating the accident.


Motor vehicle collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 294 people in Carson in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked Carson 65th out of 103 cities with populations of between 50,001 and 100,000 for its incidence of crashes that resulted in injury or death; 1st place is the worst possible ranking. Collisions claimed 2,720 lives that year in California.


When a motor vehicle collision results in death, the driver found to be at-fault for the accident may be held liable through the civil claims process. For more information on filing a wrongful death claim after an auto accident, please call 866-981-5596.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Rogelio Torres.

October 11, 2013

Apple Valley: Two Injured in Crash on Bear Valley Road

At about 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 9, two people were injured in a crash on Bear Valley Road in Apple Valley, reported the Daily Press. While traveling westbound, a motorist swerved to the right shoulder to avoid a vehicle that was passing slower moving eastbound traffic and lost control, striking a pickup truck hauling a trailer. Emergency responders had to use the Jaws of Life to free the occupants of the vehicle from the wreckage. They were flown to trauma centers. The CHP is investigating the accident.


Apple Valley accounted for 2 of the 180 fatalities and 94 of the 11,050 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in crashes that occurred in San Bernardino County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. That year, Apple Valley ranked 103rd out of 103 cities for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes in a rating system in which 1st place is the worst, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety.


In California, when motorists are injured in crashes that are attributable to the negligence of others, they may file civil claims in order to obtain compensation for the expenses associated with their recoveries, such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. For more information on the personal injury claims process after an auto accident, please call 866-981-5596.


Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the two people who were injured in the crash on Bear Valley Road.

October 10, 2013

Fallbrook: Marine Fatally Injured in Rollover Crash

At about 3:15 a.m. on Sunday, October 6, a 21-year-old Camp Pendleton Marine was fatally injured in a rollover crash in Fallbrook, reported U-T San Diego. While traveling along winding Willow Glen Road, the Marine lost control of his 2004 GMC Sierra pickup and veered from the road, causing the truck to roll 300 feet down an embankment. The Marine was thrown from the vehicle and suffered major trauma. Emergency responders transported him to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. Four male passengers sustained injuries ranging from minor to moderate. California Highway Patrol officers suspect alcohol may have been a contributing factor and are investigating the accident.


Throughout San Diego County, motor vehicle crashes claimed the lives of 126 people and caused injury to another 15,939 in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 2,190 of the fatal and injury accidents that occurred in the county that year. Across California, alcohol-impaired driving accidents claimed 774 lives in 2010 and 2011—the lowest DUI death toll ever recorded in the state.


Under California law, the victims of traffic accidents and their families have recourse through the civil justice system. To learn more about the rights of accident victims and their families, please call 866-981-5596 or complete our website form.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the Marine who lost his life in the rollover accident. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the four passengers who were injured.

October 10, 2013

Temecula: Two Men Seriously Injured in DUI Crash with Fleeing Driver

At around 7 p.m. on Sunday, October 6, two men were seriously injured in a DUI crash with a fleeing driver in Temecula, reported The Press-Enterprise. While traveling westbound on Rancho California Road in a 1998 Dodge pickup truck, 19-year-old Angel Joel Lopez collided with another vehicle near Meadows Parkway. While fleeing the scene, Lopez failed to stop for a red light at Margarita Road, crashing into a southbound Ford Contour and a male bicyclist. Emergency responders transported the male driver of the Ford and the cyclist to area hospitals to receive treatment for major trauma. Lopez, who was also taken to a hospital, was arrested on suspicion of DUI and hit-and-run. Authorities are investigating the accidents.


Temecula accounted for 1 of the 154 fatalities and 532 of the 10,594 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in traffic accidents that occurred in Riverside County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Cyclists accounted for none of the fatalities and 16 of the injuries suffered in traffic accidents in the city that year. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 25 of the crashes that resulted in injury or death in Temecula in 2010.


California accident victims may seek compensation for the expenses associated with their recoveries through the civil claims process. To learn more about the process of pursuing a personal injury claim after an auto collision, please call 866-981-5596.


Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the two men who were seriously injured in the DUI crash with the fleeing driver.

October 10, 2013

Fontana: Victor Hugo Diaz Jr. Killed, Motorist Injured in Crash

At about 3:23 a.m. on Monday, October 7, 21-year-old Victor Hugo Diaz Jr. was killed and another motorist was injured in a crash in Fontana, reported The Press-Enterprise. While traveling westbound in a 2013 Kia Soul, Diaz ran a red light at the intersection of Valley Boulevard and Citrus Avenue, broadsiding a 2006 maroon Ford F150 pickup truck when he entered the intersection. Emergency responders pronounced Diaz dead at the scene. The 20-year-old driver of the truck sustained a fractured collarbone, cuts, and scrapes and was taken to an area hospital. Witnesses to the collisions are asked to call police at 909-350-7700.


The California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current accident data indicate that motor vehicle collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 544 people in Fontana in 2010. Traffic signals and signs were a primary collision factor in 154 of the traffic-related fatalities and 20,740 of the injuries that were suffered in California that year, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System.


Under California law, when a car crash results in serious or fatal injuries, the victims or their families may file civil claims to hold the negligent party liable for the expenses related to their recoveries or losses. For more information on the rights of auto accident victims, please call 866-981-5596.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Victor Hugo Diaz Jr. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the motorist who was injured.

October 7, 2013

Alpine: Rollover Accident Killed Woman and Unborn Child

Shortly before 10 a.m. on Sunday, October 6, a rollover accident killed a woman and her unborn child in Alpine, reported U-T San Diego. While traveling westbound on Willows Road at about 45 mph in an Oldsmobile Intrigue, 31-year-old Kahari Oliver, of El Cajon, veered to the right near Viejas Grade Road; when he over-corrected to the left, the vehicle swerved across traffic and struck a dirt shoulder, which caused it to rollover. A female passenger, who was eight months pregnant, was thrown from the vehicle. Emergency responders flew her to an area hospital, where she and her unborn child died. Oliver sustained minor trauma. Although investigators indicated the victim had a restraining order against Oliver, they did not suspect that she was forced to accompany him in the vehicle. Oliver faces charges of misdemeanor manslaughter and violating a restraining order. The crash is under investigation.


Throughout San Diego County, 17,889 people were killed or injured in traffic collisions in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked San Diego 38th out of 58 counties for the number of fatal and injury crashes that occurred there; 1st place is the worst possible ranking. Across California, 2,720 people lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents that year.


California law provides recourse through the civil justice system for the families of the victims of fatal accidents. For more information on the civil claims process, please call 866-981-5596.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the victims of this fatal rollover accident.

October 6, 2013

San Bernardino: Thomas Herrera and Seven Others Injured in Crash with Distracted Driver

At about 4:19 p.m. on Saturday, October 5, 20-year-old Thomas Herrera and seven others were injured in a crash with a distracted driver in San Bernardino. Thirty-eight-year-old Jimmy Cardoza became distracted while driving and ran a red light at the intersection of Sixth Street and Arrowhead Avenue, where he collided with Herrera’s eastbound vehicle. Emergency responders transported Cardoza’s child, Herrera, and his six passengers to area hospitals to receive treatment for their injuries. Authorities are investigating the crash.


Distracted driving is a major traffic safety problem in the United States, claiming the lives of 3,331 people and injuring another 387,000 in 2011, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Such crashes accounted for 10 percent of all injury accidents in 2011. In 2010, 3,267 people were killed and 416,000 were injured in distracted driving collisions.


Under California law, those who have suffered injury in a collision for which they were not at-fault may file civil claims in order to be compensated for the expenses associated with their recoveries. To learn more about the rights of accident victims, please call 866-981-5596.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the eight people who were injured in the crash with the distracted driver.

October 5, 2013

Palm Desert: Chad Dean Killed, Two Injured in DUI Crash

At about 4:25 a.m. on Thursday, October 3, 31-year-old Chad Dean, of Cathedral City, was killed and two people were injured in a DUI crash in Palm Desert. While speeding southbound on Washington Street in a Ford Ranger, 26-year-old Willard Douglas, of Indio, swerved to the left at Wildcat Drive, jumped the concrete curb, and struck a tree in the center divider. Dean, a passenger in the Ford, suffered fatal trauma in the crash. Douglas and a 26-year-old female passenger were seriously injured and transported to area hospitals. Douglas faces charges for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Authorities are investigating the accident.


The California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records indicate that 297 people were killed or injured in collisions that occurred in Palm Desert in 2010. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 21 of the crashes that resulted in injury or death, with the OTS ranking Palm Desert 31st out of 93 cities for its incidence of DUI accidents in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst. Across California, 2,720 people lost their lives in motor vehicle collisions in 2010.


Those who have been injured or lost loved ones in traffic accidents have recourse through the civil justice system. To learn more about the rights of accident victims and their families, please call 866-981-5596.


Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to offer their condolences to the family of Chad Dean. They would also like to wish a full recovery to those who were injured in the crash.

September 30, 2013

Burbank: Malak Hariri, Sebastian Forero, Sameer Nevarez, Sugey Cuevas, and Stephen Stoll Killed in Fiery Crash

At about 4:10 a.m. on Saturday, September 28, five people were killed and one was injured in a fiery crash in Burbank. While traveling southbound on San Fernando Boulevard at a high rate of speed, the driver of a Nissan lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a concrete abutment near the Scott Road offramp of the 5 Freeway, the impact causing the car to burst into flames. Once the fire was extinguished, emergency responders determined that five occupants had died. One surviving occupant—an 18-year-old female—who managed to escape was taken to an area hospital. Friends and family of the victims who attended a candlelight vigil on Sunday night indicated to KTLA-TV that the deceased were all in their teens and early 20s.They identified the victims as Malak Hariri, Sebastian Forero, Sameer Nevarez, Sugey Cuevas, and Stephen Stoll, reported the Los Angeles Daily News. Authorities are investigating the crash and have asked anyone with information about the accident to call Det. Sam Anderson at 818-238-3100.


Burbank accounted for 3 of the 346 fatalities and 600 of the 62,881 injuries suffered in motor vehicle collisions that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 30 of the collisions that resulted in injury or death, and drivers under the age of 21 were involved in 2 of the fatal and injury accidents that occurred in Burbank in 2010.


Families who have lost loved ones to traffic collisions have recourse through the civil justice system and may file wrongful death claims in order to hold the at-fault party liable for their losses. Those who have suffered injury may pursue civil claims in order to be compensated for the expenses associated with their recoveries.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of Malak Hariri, Sebastian Forero, Sameer Nevarez, Sugey Cuevas, and Stephen Stoll. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the woman who was injured.

September 26, 2013

Lancaster: Four Killed in Two-Vehicle Collision

At about 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 21, four people were killed in a two-vehicle collision in Lancaster, reported the Los Angeles Times. While traveling near the intersection of East Avenue G and 10th Street East, a Honda Civic ran a stop sign and crashed into a Toyota Tacoma. Two adults and two teenagers lost their lives in the accident. Several more people suffered trauma. Authorities are investigating the crash.


The California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current accident data indicate that 1,051 people were killed or injured in collisions in Lancaster in 2010. The OTS ranked Lancaster 4th out of 53 cities with populations of 100,000 to 250,000 for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes that year; 1st place is the worst possible rankings. Across California, 2,720 people lost their lives in crashes.


Under state law, families who lose loved ones to traffic accidents may file wrongful death claims in order to hold the negligent parties liable for their losses.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of the four people who were killed in the two-vehicle collision.

September 26, 2013

Chino: Two Killed in Multiple-Vehicle Crash on 60 Freeway

Shortly after 11 a.m. on Monday, September 23, two people were killed and three were injured in a multiple-vehicle crash on the 60 Freeway in Chino,reported the Los Angeles Times. While traveling in the number 2 lane on the eastbound side of freeway, a 1996 Ford F-150 pickup truck became disabled east of Central Avenue, blocking a Lincoln MKZ luxury sedan. About ten minutes later a Kia Optima crashed into the Lincoln, sending it into the truck. Two passengers in the Lincoln suffered fatal trauma in the crash. Emergency responders transported the driver of the Lincoln to an area hospital to receive treatment for serious injuries. The drivers of the Kia and the truck were also injured. Authorities are investigating the accident.


Traffic crashes claimed the lives of or caused injury to 468 people in Chino in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS compares the traffic data of cities with populations of a similar size, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, starting with 1st place. That year, Chino ranked 11th out 103 cities with populations of between 50,001 and 100,000 residents for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes.


California law provides recourse for those who have been injured or lost loved ones in traffic accidents. To learn more about the rights and recourse of accident victims and their families, please call 866-981-5596.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of the two people who were killed in the crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to those who were injured.

September 18, 2013

Westminster: Joey Nungaray Killed in DUI Crash

Shortly after 1 a.m. on Tuesday, September 17, 27-year-old Joey Nungaray, of Fountain Valley, was killed in a DUI crash in Westminster, reported the Orange County Register. While traveling southbound in a Nissan Frontier, 32-year-old Emmanuel Garibay, of Anaheim, broadsided the westbound Honda Civic Nungaray was driving at the intersection of McFadden Avenue and Brookhurst Street. Nungaray suffered major trauma and died at an area hospital. Garibay received treatment for minor injuries and was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI. Authorities believe one of the vehicles ran a red light and are investigating the crash. Witnesses are asked to call the Westminster Police Department’s traffic division at 714-898-3315 or leave an anonymous tip with Orange County Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-OCCS.


The California Office of Traffic Safety’s records indicate that 468 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents in Westminster in 2010. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 32 of the fatal and injury accidents. The OTS ranked Westminster 56th out of 103 cities with populations of 50,001 to 100,000 for its incidence of DUI crashes in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.


California law provides recourse through the civil justice system for those who have lost loved ones or suffered injury in traffic collisions. For more information on the rights of accident victims and their families, please call 866-981-5596.


Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer their condolences to the family of Joey Nungaray.

September 18, 2013

Santa Ana: Maria Cota Killed, Four Injured in Collision

At about 9 a.m. on Tuesday, September 17, 79-year-old Maria Cota was killed and four people were injured in a collision in Santa Ana, reported the Orange County Register. While traveling southbound on Sullivan Street, the driver of a Nissan Altima ran a red light at First Street and crashed into an eastbound Infiniti G35. The impact sent the Nissan spinning into a traffic signal. Cota, the front passenger, was declared dead at the scene. Emergency responders transported the 64-year-old male driver of the Nissan, two adult passengers, and the 22-year-old female driver of the Infiniti to area hospitals. Authorities are investigating the crash.


In 2010, 1,621 people were killed or injured in traffic collisions that occurred in Santa Ana, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked Santa Ana 5th out of 13 cities with populations of more than 250,000 for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes in a ranking system in which 1st place is considered the worst. Across California, crashes claimed the lives of 2,720 people that year.


Under California law, those who have been injured or who have lost loved ones in collisions may file civil claims in order to hold the negligent party liable for the expenses associated with their recovery or loss.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Maria Cota. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the four people who were injured.

September 16, 2013

Lake Elsinore: Two Injured in Crash on Highway 74

At about 6:15 a.m. on Sunday, September 15, two people were injured in a crash on Highway 74 near Lake Elsinore, reported The Press-Enterprise. A vehicle left the highway, landing 30 feet over the side of the road near Wasson Canyon Road. Emergency responders transported two people to area hospitals to receive treatment for injuries ranging from minor to major. Authorities are investigating the accident.


The California Office of Traffic Safety’s records indicate that 168 people were killed or injured in crashes that occurred in Lake Elsinore in 2010. The OTS ranked Lake Elsinore 64th out of 103 cities for its incidence of fatal and injury collisions; 1st place is the worst possible ranking. Statewide, 2,720 people were killed in collisions that year.


Accident victims have rights and may seek compensation for expenses associated with their recoveries through the civil claims process. To learn more about filing a civil claim, please call 866-981-5596.


Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the two people who were injured in the crash on Highway 74.

September 16, 2013

Santa Monica: Driver Killed, Passengers Injured in Crash on 10 Freeway

At about 1:35 a.m. on Saturday, September 14, a driver was killed and his two passengers were injured in a crash on the 10 Freeway, reported the Los Angeles Times. While speeding westbound in a 2001 Mustang, the driver lost control and collided with a metal guardrail, the impact sending the vehicle up an embankment and into a concrete wall, which caused it to burst into flames. The two passengers exited the vehicle before a 2008 Audi and another car struck it. The driver of the Mustang was pronounced dead at the scene. The passengers sustained minor to moderate trauma. The drivers of the other vehicles were not hurt. Authorities suspect alcohol contributed to the crash and are investigating.


Throughout Santa Monica, traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 769 people in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked Santa Monica 2nd out of 103 cities with populations of a similar size for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes in a ranking system in which 1st place is considered the worst. Alcohol was a contributing factor in 71 of the crashes.


After an accident, those who were injured or who lost loved ones have recourse through the civil claims process. For more information about the rights of accident victims, please call 866-981-5596.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the driver who was killed in the crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the passengers who were injured.

September 16, 2013

Brea: Abel Preciado Killed, Passenger Injured in Crash

Shortly before 2:46 a.m. on Sunday, September 15, 20-year-old Abel Preciado was killed and his 21-year-old male passenger was seriously injured in a crash in Brea, reported the Orange County Register. Preciado crashed the red Chevrolet Camaro he was driving into a wooden Southern California Edison utility pole on Carbon Canyon Road, east of the Olinda Village neighborhood. Preciado suffered fatal trauma and his passenger sustained serious injuries. Authorities are investigating whether or not alcohol or drugs played a role in the accident.


In 2010, 248 people were killed or injured in collisions that occurred in Brea, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Alcohol was a factor in 16 of the fatal and injury collisions. Brea ranked 10th out of 93 cities for its incidence of fatal and injury motor vehicle accidents in a rating system in which 1st place is the worst.


Under California law, those who have been injured or lost loved ones in car accidents may file civil claims in order to hold the negligent party liable.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Abel Preciado. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the passenger who was injured.

September 13, 2013

Guadalupe: Fernando Eulogio Killed, William Bryson Injured in Collision

Shortly after 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 10, 20-year-old Fernando Eulogio, of Santa Maria, was killed and 64-year-old William Bryson, also of Santa Maria, was injured in a collision near Guadalupe. Eulogio entered a curve in the road where Simas and Betteravia Roads meet from a dirt shoulder and collided with the SUV Bryson was driving, the impact sending both vehicles into an agricultural ditch and causing Eulogio’s vehicle to rollover. He suffered fatal trauma. Bryson sustained moderate injuries. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.


Throughout Santa Barbara County, traffic collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 2,510 people in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked San Barbara 35th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury collisions in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst. Statewide, 2,720 people were killed in crashes that year.


Under California law, those who have been injured or lost a loved one in a collision may seek compensation for the expenses related to their recovery or loss through the civil claims process. To learn more about the rights of accident victims and their families, please call 866-981-5596 or contact us through our online form.


Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer their condolences to the family of Fernando Eulogio. We would also like to wish a full recovery to William Bryson.

September 13, 2013

Newbury Park: Passengers Michael Hatcher and Aimee Hoff Killed in DUI Accident

On Monday, September 9, 26-year-old Michael Hatcher, of Newbury Park, and 23-year-old Aimee Hoff, of Thousand Oaks, were killed in a suspected DUI accident near Newbury Park, reported the Ventura County Star. While traveling eastbound on Potrero Road at a high rate of speed, 23-year-old Collin Powell failed to negotiate a curve, veered from the roadway, and crashed into construction equipment parked on the dirt shoulder. Hatcher and Hoff, both passengers in the vehicle, were pronounced dead at the scene. Emergency responders transported a third passenger, a 21-year-old Newbury park woman, to an area hospital to receive treatment for moderate trauma. Powell suffered minor injuries. Authorities arrested him on suspicion of felony driving under the influence of alcohol.


Alcohol-impaired driving claims the lives of almost 30 people every day in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A life is lost every 48 minutes in DUI accidents. In 2010, 10,228 people were killed in alcohol-related collisions, accounting for nearly 31 percent of all traffic deaths in the country.


Those who have suffered injury or the loss of a loved one in an alcohol-related traffic accident have recourse through the civil justice system. To learn more about the rights of accident victims and their families, please call 866-981-5596.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of Michael Hatcher and Aimee Hoff. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the woman who was injured.

September 13, 2013

Ventura: Passenger Ana Calderon Killed in DUI Crash

At about 4:20 p.m. on Tuesday, September 10, 21-year-old Ana Calderon, of Santa Barbara, was killed in a suspected DUI crash north of Ventura,Ventura. While traveling northbound on Highway 101, 18-year-old Zachary Wallace, of Thousand Oaks, made an unsafe turning movement and lost control of the vehicle, causing it to strike a curb, which sent it into the air and caused it to overturn. Calderon, a passenger in his vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities arrested Wallace, who suffered minor injuries, on suspicion of felony DUI resulting in injuries. He could face more charges once the investigation into the accident is completed.


Throughout Ventura, traffic collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 391 people in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 47 of the fatal and injury accidents, with Ventura ranking 19th out of 53 cities of a similar size for its incidence of DUI crashes in an OTS rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.


California law provides recourse through the civil justice system for the victims of traffic crashes and their families. To learn more about the civil claims process, please call 866-981-5596 or contact us at www.allenflatt.com.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Ana Calderon.

September 13, 2013

Palmdale: Virgina Czarnecki Killed, Judith Frazer and Kristina Hernandez Injured in Crash

At about 2:35 p.m. on Tuesday, September 10, 92-year-old Virgina Czarnecki was killed and 53-year-old Judith Frazer and 27-year-old Kristina Hernandez were injured in a multiple-vehicle crash in Palmdale, reported the Antelope Valley Times. While traveling eastbound on Avenue O in a 2013 Ford Explorer, 65-year-old Deanna Norton misjudged the distance and speed of a westbound 2006 Hyundai Tiburon and turned left in front of the vehicle just east of 27th Street West. Despite swerving to avoid a collision, Hernandez, the driver of the Hyundai, hit the back of the Ford and then careened into the eastbound lanes, where she crashed head-on into the 2013 Kia Forte Frazer was driving, the impact sending the Kia into a 2008 Ford Van that was parked on Avenue O. Czarnecki, a passenger in the Kia, was transported to an area hospital, where she was declared dead a short time later. Frazer suffered minor trauma, and Hernandez and her passenger sustained lacerations. Norton was not hurt. Authorities are investigating the collision.


The California Office of Traffic Safety’s records indicate that 812 people were killed or injured in motor vehicle collisions in Palmdale in 2010. The OTS compares the accident data of cities with similarly sized populations, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, with 1st place considered the worst. That year, Palmdale ranked 17th out of 53 cities with populations of between 100,001 and 250,000 for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes.


The victims of auto accidents and their families have rights and may seek compensation for expenses related to their recoveries or losses through the civil justice system. For more information about the rights of accident victims and their families, please call 866-981-5596 or contact us online.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Virgina Czarnecki. We would also like to wish a full recovery to Judith Frazer and Kristina Hernandez.

September 13, 2013

Hesperia: Female Driver Injured, Male Passenger Killed in Suspected DUI Crash

At about 6:41 p.m. on Monday, September 9, the female driver of a red Ford Taurus was injured and her male passenger was killed in a suspected DUI crash in Hesperia, reported the Daily Press. While traveling westbound on Bear Valley Road in the left turn lane, the female driver swerved around other vehicles in the same lane and entered the opposing lane of traffic near Third Avenue, where she collided with a brown Ford Ranger pickup truck. The male passenger of the Taurus was declared dead at the scene. Emergency responders transported the female driver to an area hospital. The driver of the truck received medical attention at the scene and was released. Authorities are investigating the collision.


Traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 275 people in Hesperia in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current crash data. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 39 of the collisions that resulted in injury or death, with Hesperia ranking 40th out of 103 cities with populations of between 50,001 and 100,000 residents.


Under California law, those who have suffered serous injury or lost loved ones in traffic collisions may hold the at-fault party liable for the expenses associated with their recoveries or losses.


Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer their condolences to the family of the man who was killed in the collision. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the woman who was injured.

September 10, 2013

Jurupa Valley: Female Passenger Seriously Injured in Crash on Highway 60

At about 10:15 a.m. on Friday, September 6, a 25-year-old female passenger was seriously injured in a crash on Highway 60 in Jurupa Valley, reported The Press-Enterprise. While traveling eastbound, the Dodge pickup truck in which the Los Angeles woman was riding slowed or stopped in the No. 1 lane and was struck by a Lexus, the impact causing the Dodge to burst into flames. Several motorists stopped to pull the woman, whose head was reportedly on fire, from the Dodge. The driver of a UPS truck used his fire extinguisher to put out the flames. Emergency responders airlifted her to a hospital, where she received treatment for second-degree burns that covered over 70 percent of her body. The drivers of the Dodge and the Lexus sustained minor trauma. Authorities are investigating the accident.


Motor vehicle collisions claimed the lives of 164 people and caused injury to another 10,594 in Riverside County in 2010, with passengers suffering 31 of the deaths and 3,554 of the injuries, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranked Riverside County 46th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.


State law ensures that those who have suffered serious injury in a traffic accident may seek compensation for expenses associated with their recoveries from the party at-fault for the crash. For more information about the rights of accident victims, please call 866-981-5596.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the female passenger who was seriously injured in the crash on Highway 60.

September 9, 2013

Silverado Canyon: Irvine Teen Marie Elizabeth Johnson Killed in Rollover Accident

At about 1:45 a.m. on Monday, September 9, Irvine teen Marie Elizabeth Johnson was killed in a rollover accident in Silverado Canyon, reported the Orange County Register. The 16-year-old girl was the occupant of a Honda Civic that collided with another Honda Civic while traveling south on Santiago Canyon Road. The impact caused one of the Hondas to overturn and sent the other into the brush on the side of the road. Johnson was ejected from one of the cars. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Six others, all in their teens or early 20s, sustained minor to moderate trauma.


The Orange County Register reported that the driver of the Honda in which Johnson was riding, 19-year-old Antonio Escamilla, has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and vehicular manslaughter. Authorities plan on taking him into custody once he is released from Western Medical Center Santa Ana, where he is receiving treatment for major injuries.


According to the Orange County Register, Escamilla was following the other Honda—both cars traveling about 70 mph on the winding road—to Black Star Canyon when it suddenly stopped to avoid a deer crossing the road, causing him to also brake abruptly, veer from the road, and strike a tree. The vehicle flipped upon impact, ejecting Johnson.


Known to her friends as Lizzie, Marie Elizabeth Johnson was set to start her junior year at Irvine High School tomorrow.


Traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 19,018 people in Orange County in 2010, with 1,561 of the crashes occurring between the hours of 9 p.m. and 2:59 a.m., according to accident statistics from the California Office of Traffic Safety. Drivers under the age of 21 were involved in 208 of the fatal and injury collisions.


California law provides recourse through the civil justice system for the victims of traffic accidents and their families. To learn more about the rights of accident victims, please call 866-981-5596.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Marie Elizabeth Johnson.

September 9, 2013

Oak Hills: Passenger Cyndy Martinez Killed in Rollover Accident

At about 3:20 a.m. on Monday, September 2, 31-year-old Cyndy Martinez, of Hesperia, was killed in a rollover accident in Oak Hills, reported the Daily Press. While traveling northbound on Interstate 15, the driver of the 2011 four-door sedan Martinez was riding in lost control of the vehicle south of Highway 395, causing it to rollover multiple times. Paramedics pronounced Martinez dead at the scene. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.


Throughout San Bernardino County, traffic collisions claimed the lives of 180 people and caused injury to another 11,050 in 2010, with passengers accounting for 59 of the fatalities and 4,056 of the injuries, according to accident data from the California Office of Traffic Safety. Statewide, 2,720 people lost their lives in traffic collisions that year.


Under California law, the victims of traffic accidents and their families have recourse through the civil justice system. To learn more about the rights of accident victims, please call 866-981-5596.


Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer their condolences to the family of Cyndy Martinez.

September 6, 2013

Lake Forest: Passenger Charles Holguin III Killed in Rollover Accident on I-5

Shortly after 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 5, 41-year-old Charles Holguin III, of Los Angeles, was killed in a rollover accident on the I-5 in Lake Forest, reported the Orange County Register. While traveling southbound in the carpool lane, a 23-year-old Glendale man lost control of the Ford Expedition he was driving near El Toro Road, causing the vehicle to rollover multiple times. Holguin III, a front seat passenger, was ejected from the vehicle. Emergency responders transported him to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The driver suffered major trauma and was also taken to a hospital, along with a rear seat passenger, a 35-year-old Highland Park woman, who suffered minor injuries. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the crash and has requested that witnesses contact officers at 949-487-4000.


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s accident statistics indicate that 32,367 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States in 2011, the lowest number the agency has recorded since 1949, when there were 30,246 deaths. An estimated 2.22 million people were injured in motor vehicle traffic collisions in 2011, compared to 2.24 million the previous year.


The victims of auto accidents and their families have recourse through the civil justice system. To learn more about the rights of accident victims and their families, please call 866-981-5596.


The attorneys and staff at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer their condolences to the family of Charles Holguin III. They would also like to wish a full recovery to the driver and other passenger who were injured.

September 4, 2013

Granada Hills: Seven Injured, Four Seriously, in Rollover Accident

Shortly before 6:30 p.m. on Monday, September 2, seven people were injured, four of them seriously, in a rollover accident near Granada Hills. A Ford Explorer overturned on the northbound side of the 405 Freeway near San Fernando Mission Boulevard. Emergency responders transported two boys, ages 1 and 6, and a 19-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman to area hospitals to receive treatment for major trauma. The other three victims declined transport for emergency medical attention. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“Passengers injured in a motor vehicle collision may file personal injury claims against the negligent driver in order to obtain compensation for the medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering associated with the trauma,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis.


Throughout Los Angeles County, 72,010 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents that occurred in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked Los Angeles 15th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury collisions in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst. Statewide, 2,720 people lost their lives in crashes.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the seven people who were injured in the rollover accident in Granada Hills.


The Los Angeles Times originally reported this crash.


Resources for accident victims, such as books and articles on the injury claims process, are available to the public free of charge through our office.


If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California car accident attorney, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

August 30, 2013

Redlands: Six Injured in Wrong-Way DUI Collision

At about 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 28, six people were injured in a wrong-way DUI collision on the 10 Freeway in Redlands. Forty-two-year-old Jason Parsons was traveling eastbound in a Volkswagen Passat on the westbound 10 Freeway when he collided with a black Cadillac Escalade near Ford Street. A 2007 Saturn Vue then struck the Escalade, causing one of the vehicle occupants to be ejected. Emergency responders extricated some of the victims, including a pregnant woman, using the Jaws of Life. Six people were taken to area hospitals. Authorities arrested Parsons on suspicion of DUI.


“Those who have suffered injury in a motor vehicle collision that is attributable to a driver’s negligence may pursue compensation for recovery-related expenses through the civil claims process,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Traffic collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 364 people in Redlands in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 48 of the fatal and injury accidents that year, with the OTS ranking Redlands 11th out of 103 similarly sized cities for its incidence of DUI crashes in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the six people who were injured in the wrong-way DUI crash.


The San Bernardino Sun
originally reported this Redlands collision.


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August 27, 2013

Alpine: Driver Seriously Injured in Wrong-Way DUI Crash

At about 1 a.m. on Saturday, August 24, an 18-year-old man was seriously injured in a wrong-way DUI crash in Alpine. While traveling westbound on the eastbound side of Interstate 8 in a Toyota Scion at 100 mph, 28-year-old Mario Morales collided head-on with a Ford F-150 pickup truck. Emergency responders transported the driver of the Ford and Morales to the hospital to receive treatment for trauma ranging from moderate to major. Authorities suspect that Morales was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident.


“Drivers who harm others while breaking the law may face criminal charges and civil lawsuits,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis. “The state will punish them for violating its laws and the victims will seek compensation for recovery-related expenses.”


Traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 17,889 people in San Diego County in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Alcohol was a factor in 2,190 of the fatal and injury crashes that occurred in the county that year, which ranked 32nd out of 58 counties for its incidence of DUI crashes.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the driver who was seriously injured in the wrong-way DUI crash.


U-T San Diego originally reported this Alpine collision.


Resources for accident victims, such as books and articles on the injury claims process, are available to the public free of charge through our office.


If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California car accident lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596 or contact us online.

August 27, 2013

Newberry Springs: John Tinkler and Arizona Man Killed in Crash on Interstate 40

At about 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 24, 74-year-old John Tinkler, of Dublin, and a 71-year-old man from Green Valley, Arizona were killed in an eight-vehicle crash in Newberry Springs. The collision, which also injured five people, occurred on Interstate 40 east of Fort Cady Road and involved both passenger vehicles and semi trucks. Low visibility due to a dust storm may have contributed to the accident. The California Highway Patrol is investigating.


“When a motor vehicle collision results in injury or death, the victims or their families may file civil claims against the negligent party in order to obtain compensation for the expenses associated with their injury or loss,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis.


Throughout San Bernardino County, 11,866 people were killed or injured in crashes that occurred in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked San Bernardino 36th out of 58 counties for the number of fatal and injury accidents that occurred there that year; 1st place is the worst possible ranking. Statewide, 2,720 people were killed in collisions.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of John Tinkler and the Arizona man who were killed in the crash on Interstate 40. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the five people who were injured.


DesertDispatch.com originally reported this Newberry Springs crash.


Resources for accident victims and their families, such as books and articles on the injury and the wrongful death claims process, are available to the public free of charge through our office.


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August 26, 2013

Jurupa Valley: One Killed, Four Injured in Crash

At about 10 p.m. on Saturday, August 24, one person was killed and four were injured in a crash in Jurupa Valley. The collision, which involved three vehicles, occurred on Rubidoux Boulevard south of El Rivino Road. Emergency responders transported four people to area hospitals. Witnesses, or anyone with information about the accident, are asked to call traffic investigators at 951-955-2600.


“The victims of a traffic collision, or their surviving family members, may file civil claims against the at-fault party in order to be compensated for expenses associated with their recoveries or losses,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


In 2010, 11,417 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents in Jurupa Valley, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked Riverside 46th out of 58 counties for its incidence of collisions that resulted in injury or death; 1st place is the worst possible ranking. Across the state, 2,720 people lost their lives in collisions that year.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the person who was killed in the crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the four people who were injured.


The Press-Enterprise
originally reported this Jurupa Valley collision.


Additional information on the injury and the wrongful death claims process is available to the public free of charge through our office.


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August 26, 2013

Helendale: One Killed, Three Injured in Crash on Highway 395

Shortly after 3:10 p.m. on Friday, August 23, one person was killed and three others were injured in a crash on Highway 395 in Helendale. The two-vehicle collision occurred near Shadow Mountain Road. Emergency responders airlifted the injured to trauma centers. One of the vehicles involved in the accident burst into flames, and the occupants had to be extricated. Authorities are investigating the crash.


“California law ensures recourse through the civil justice system for those who have been injured or lost loved ones in a motor vehicle collision,” explained a car accident attorney in the state.


Throughout San Bernardino County, 11,866 people lost their lives or were injured in traffic accidents in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. San Bernardino ranked 36th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the person who was killed in the crash on Highway 395. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the three people who were injured.


The Daily Press originally reported this Helendale collision.


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August 24, 2013

Anaheim: Jose Manuel Diaz Cardenas Killed in Collision on I-5

At about 9:40 p.m. on Thursday, August 22, 56-year-old Jose Manuel Diaz Cardenas was killed in a collision on the I-5 in Anaheim. While traveling southbound in a 2002 Toyota Sequoia, Cardenas pulled off to the side of the freeway near the State College Boulevard exit after his right-rear tire failed. Cardenas was sitting on the back bumper while a 16-year-old boy attempted to change the tire when a 1994 Lexus sedan struck them. Cardenas was pronounced dead at the scene. Emergency responders transported the 16-year-old and the 20-year-old male driver of the Lexus to an area hospital to receive treatment for trauma ranging from moderate to major. A 13-year-old girl and an 11-year-old girl who had been sitting in the SUV suffered minor injuries and were also taken to a hospital. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.


“When a collision results in injury or death, the victims or their families have recourse through the civil justice system,” commented an auto accident lawyer in Orange County, “and may be compensated for expenses associated with their recoveries or losses.”


Throughout Anaheim, traffic collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 2,299 people in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked Anaheim 3rd out of 13 cities with populations of more than 250,000 for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes that year; 1st place is the worst possible ranking. Statewide, 2,720 people were killed in traffic accidents.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Jose Manuel Diaz Cardenas, the man killed in the collision on the I-5. We would also like to wish a full recovery to those who were injured in the crash.


The Orange County Register originally reported this Anaheim accident.


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August 24, 2013

Santa Ana: Alejandro Bravo and Juan Jose Luna Castro Killed in Hit-and-Run Accident

At about 11:30 a.m. on Friday, August 23, 53-year-old Alejandro Bravo and 50-year-old Juan Jose Luna Castro were killed in a hit-and-run accident in Santa Ana. While traveling at a high rate of speed northbound on Cabrillo Park Drive in an Audi, 21-year-old Jorge Ocampo ran a stop sign and broadsided the Nissan Sentra Bravo was driving at East Fruit Street. The impact caused both vehicles to spin out, sending them about 30 feet from the intersection. Bravo was declared dead at the scene. Emergency responders transported Castro to an area hospital, where he died a short time later. Ocampo, a documented gang member, initially fled the scene but later turned himself into police.


“Once the driver responsible for a fatal hit-and-run crash has been apprehended, the families of the victims may then seek compensation for their losses by filing wrongful death claims against the driver,” explained an auto accident attorney in Orange County.


In 2010, 1,621 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents that occurred in Santa Ana, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current statistics. Hit-and-run was a factor in 187 of the fatal and injury collisions that occurred in Santa Ana that year, with the OTS ranking the city 5th out of 13 cities 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 families of Alejandro Bravo and Juan Jose Luna Castro, the two men killed in the hit-and-run crash.


The Orange County Register originally reported this hit-and-run accident.


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August 19, 2013

Moreno Valley: Marco Bautista and Makhara Op Killed, Five Seriously Injured in DUI Accident

Shortly after 11:35 p.m. on Sunday, August 18, 24-year-old Marco Bautista and 23-year-old Makhara Op were killed and five people were seriously injured in a DUI accident in Moreno Valley. While traveling on Gilman Springs Road in a 2003 Volkswagen Passat, Bautista veered into the opposing lane of traffic two miles east of Alessandro Road, colliding head-on with a 2005 Chevy Trailblazer. Bautista and Op, his passenger, suffered fatal trauma. The driver of the Trailblazer, 31-year-old Arturo Larios, and his four passengers sustained major trauma. Authorities suspect Bautista and Larios were driving under the influence at the time of the accident.


“Those who have been injured or lost loved ones in auto accidents have recourse through the civil justice system,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis. “The victims or their families may seek compensation from the party at-fault for the accident for the expenses related to their recoveries or losses.”


Traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 802 people in Moreno Valley in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 70 of the fatal and injury collisions that occurred in Moreno Valley that year, with the city ranking 30th out of 53 cities for its incidence of such crashes.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of Marco Bautista and Makhara Op, the two men killed in the DUI accident. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the five people who were injured.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Moreno Valley crash.


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August 16, 2013

Linda Vista: David Rodriguez Benito Killed in Crash with Drunk Driver

At about 12:10 a.m. on Thursday, August 15, 27-year-old David Rodriguez Benito was killed and his 19-year-old brother was seriously injured in a crash with a drunk driver in the Linda Vista area of San Diego. Forty-one-year-old Matthew Kim struck Benito’s Mazda sedan with his Toyota pickup truck at the intersection of Linda Vista Road and Tait Street. Benito was pronounced dead at the scene. Emergency responders transported his brother to an area hospital. Kim was arrested on suspicion of felony drunken driving and manslaughter. The accident is under investigation.


“After a fatal collision, the family of the victim may pursue a wrongful death claim against the negligent driver in order to hold him or her liable for their loss,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Throughout San Diego County, 17,889 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents that occurred in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 17,889 of the fatal and injury crashes that occurred in the county that year, which ranked 32nd out of the state’s 58 counties for its incidence of DUI crashes 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 David Rodriguez Benito, the man who was killed in the crash with the drunk driver. We would also like to wish a full recovery to his brother.


U-T San Diego
originally reported this Linda Vista accident.


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August 16, 2013

Beaumont: Four Injured in Car Accident on Highway 79

Shortly before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 14, four people were injured in a car accident on Highway 79 near Beaumont. The single-vehicle accident occurred at Gilman Springs Road, the impact leaving occupants trapped in the wreckage. Emergency responders extricated the victims and transported them to the hospital to receive treatment for injuries ranging from minor to major. Authorities are investigating the crash.


“Those injured in a collision may hold the at-fault party liable for the expense of their recoveries through the injury claims process,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”


Beaumont accounted for 1 of the 164 fatalities and 172 of the 10,594 injuries suffered in traffic accidents that occurred in Riverside County, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranked Riverside County 46th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury traffic accidents in a ranking system in which 1st place is considered the worst.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the four people who were injured in the car accident on Highway 79.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Beaumont crash.


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August 15, 2013

Phelan: Two Passengers Injured in DUI Crash on Highway 138

On the night of Tuesday, August 13, two passengers were seriously injured in a DUI crash on Highway 138 in Phelan. While traveling at about 55 miles per hour eastbound in a 1995 Jeep Cherokee, 40-year-old Kyle Duane Opsahl turned left in front of a westbound 1996 Saturn near Buckwheat Road, causing a collision. Emergency responders airlifted two passengers of the Saturn to a hospital in Colton to receive treatment for major trauma. The driver of the Saturn declined emergency medical attention at the scene. Authorities arrested Opsahl, who was uninjured, on suspicion of DUI.


“When a driver harms others while breaking the law, he or she may be responsible for compensating the victims for the expenses associated with their recoveries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”


Throughout San Bernardino County, car accidents claimed the lives of 180 people and injured another 11,050, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 1,351 of the fatal and injury crashes that occurred in the county that year. Across the state, DUI accidents killed 774 people.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the two passengers who were seriously injured in the DUI crash on Highway 138.


The Daily Press originally reported this Phelan crash.


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August 14, 2013

Desert Hot Springs: One Killed, One Injured in Rollover Accident

At about 8:44 a.m. on Saturday, August 10, one person was killed and another was injured in a rollover accident in Desert Hot Springs. The two-vehicle collision occurred at the intersection of North Indian Canyon Drive and 13th Avenue. One victim was declared dead at the scene. Emergency responders transported the other to an area hospital to receive treatment for moderate to major injuries. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“After a fatal rollover accident, the negligent driver may be held liable for expenses associated with the loss of life suffered by the family of the victim,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis. “Those who were injured may pursue compensation for recovery-related expenses from the at-fault party.”


Desert Hot Springs accounted for none of the 164 fatalities and 59 of the 10,594 injuries suffered in car accidents that occurred in Riverside County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Riverside ranked 46th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes in a California Office of Traffic Safety 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 the person who was killed in the rollover accident. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the person who was injured.


Mydesert.com originally reported this Desert Hot Springs crash.


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August 5, 2013

Barstow: Passenger Kimberly Robles Killed in Rollover Accident

At about 9:20 a.m. on Sunday, August 4, 10-year-old Kimberly Robles, of Santa Ana, was killed in a rollover accident near Barstow. While traveling northbound on Interstate 15, a 2000 Lincoln Navigator lost its left rear tire near Afton Canyon Road. The driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to rollover. Robles, a passenger in the backseat, was killed in the crash. The CHP is investigating the accident.


“After a fatal collision, the family of the victim may file a wrongful death claim against the party at-fault for the crash in order to be compensated for their loss,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Barstow accounted for 3 of the 59 fatalities and 44 of the 4,056 injuries suffered by passengers in motor vehicle collisions that occurred in San Bernardino in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. San Bernardino County ranked 36th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes in a California Office of Traffic Safety 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 Kimberly Robles, the passenger who was killed in the rollover accident.


The Orange County Register originally reported this Barstow rollover accident.


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July 15, 2013

Desert Center: One Seriously Injured in Crash on Interstate 10

At about 4:15 a.m. on Sunday, July 14, one person was seriously injured and two others suffered minor trauma in a crash on Interstate 10 near Desert Center. The two-vehicle collision occurred on the eastbound side of the freeway east of Eagle Mountain Road. Emergency responders flew one victim to the hospital to receive treatment for major trauma. The other two victims were transported via ambulance. Authorities are investigating the crash.


“Under California law, those who have been injured in a car accident may file personal injury claims against the at-fault party in order to obtain compensation for the cost of their recoveries,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis.


The California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current accident data indicate that 11,417 people were killed or injured in motor vehicle collisions in Riverside County in 2010. The OTS ranked Riverside 46th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst. Statewide, 2,720 people lost their lives in traffic accidents that year.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the three people who were injured in the crash on Interstate 10.


Mydesert.com originally reported this Desert Center crash.


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July 9, 2013

Menifee: Rosy Vargas and Selena Monge Killed in DUI Street Racing Crash

At about 11:35 a.m. on Sunday, July 7, 35-year-old Rosy Vargas and 49-year-old Monica Rochin were killed in a DUI street racing crash in Menifee. While racing against a blue SUV in his 2011 Ford Ranger, 38-year-old Noel Mayorga Jr. crashed into a 1994 Lexus sedan at the intersection of Domenigoni Parkway and Leon Road. The pickup struck the Lexus on the driver’s side and drove over it, crushing the front end and peeling away the roof. Vargas and her front seat passenger, Rochin, died at the scene. Three occupants in the backseat, 54-year-old Felipe Rangel, 17-year-old Selena Monge, and 5-year-old Christopher Monge, were transported to area hospitals to receive treatment for moderate to major trauma. Mayorga was also hospitalized for critical injuries. Authorities arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence. The driver of the blue SUV has not been located.


“When a driver breaks the law and seriously or fatally harms others, he or she may face civil claims from the victims or their families in addition to criminal charges,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Throughout Riverside County, 11,417 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Alcohol was a factor in 1,471 of the fatal and injury collisions, and speed contributed to 2,573 of the accidents resulting in injury or death.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of Rosy Vargas and Selena Monge, the two women who were killed in the DUI street racing crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to 54-year-old Felipe Rangel, 17-year-old Selena Monge, and 5-year-old Christopher Monge, the passengers who were injured.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Menifee crash.


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July 2, 2013

Lytle Creek: Six Injured in DUI Rollover Crash

At about 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 1, six people were injured in a DUI rollover crash in Lytle Creek. While traveling southbound on Lytle Creek Road, the driver lost control of the white Lincoln Navigator after he failed to negotiate a curve and overcorrected, causing the vehicle to overturn multiple times. Emergency responders airlifted two of the victims to hospitals, and the other four were transported via ambulance. Authorities arrested the driver on suspicion of DUI. The accident is under investigation.


“Those who have been injured in an accident may file civil claims against the negligent driver in order to obtain compensation for the cost of their recoveries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”


Traffic collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 11,866 people in San Bernardino County in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 1,351 of the collisions that resulted in injury or death. Statewide, alcohol-related crashes claimed 744 lives that year.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the six people who were injured in the DUI rollover crash.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Lytle Creek accident.


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July 2, 2013

Dinuba: Female Passenger Killed, Analilia Moran Seriously Injured in Crash

At about 5:40 a.m. on Monday, July 1, a 51-year-old female passenger was killed and another passenger, Analilia Moran, was seriously injured in a crash southwest of Dinuba. While traveling westbound on Avenue 392, Elizabeth Sanchez ran a stop sign at the intersection with Road 64 and collided with a Ford F-650 pickup truck, the impact sending the car into a house. The female passenger died instantly. Moran sustained major trauma, and Sanchez suffered minor injuries. Rafael Delgado, the driver of the truck, was uninjured. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“When a driver’s negligence results in a serious or fatal accident, the driver may be held liable for the expenses associated with the victims’ recoveries or their families’ losses,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


The California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records indicate that 2,632 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents in Tulare County in 2010. The OTS ranked Tulare 34th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes. First place is the worst possible ranking. That year, 2,720 people were killed in crashes in California.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the female passenger who was killed in the crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to Analilia Moran, the passenger who was seriously injured.


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July 2, 2013

Hinkley: One Killed in Head-On Collision

At about 3:20 p.m. on Monday, July 1, one person was killed in a head-on collision in Hinkley. While traveling on Highway 58, one motorist attempted to pass another and a collision occurred. One of the vehicles rolled off the road, killing one occupant and trapping others. DesertDispatch.com did not indicate how many occupants were injured. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.


“After a collision resulting in injury or death, the victims or their surviving family members may hold the negligent party liable for the expenses associated with their recoveries or losses,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis.


Throughout San Bernardino County, 11,866 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current statistics. The OTS ranked San Bernardino 36th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury traffic collisions 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 the person who was killed in the head-on collision.


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July 2, 2013

Los Angeles: SUV Crashed into Drugstore, Injuring Four

At about 3:40 p.m. on Friday, June 28, an SUV crashed into a drugstore in Los Angeles, injuring four people. While traveling near Broadway and 5th Street, the SUV collided with another vehicle, the impact sending it into a Rite Aid. Emergency responders transported four people to area hospitals, two of whom suffered major trauma. Authorities arrested the driver of the SUV on suspicion of driving under the influence.


“When vehicle occupants are injured in a collision, they may file personal injury claims against the at-fault party in order to be compensated for the cost of their recoveries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Throughout Los Angeles County, 72,010 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. The OTS compares the accident data of cities with populations of a similar size, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, with 1st place considered the worst. That year, Los Angeles ranked 15th out of 58 counties for traffic safety.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the four people who were injured when the SUV crashed into the drugstore.


The Los Angeles Times originally reported this crash.


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June 28, 2013

Irwindale: Van and Cement Truck Collided, Injuring Ten

Shortly after 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 25, a van and a cement truck collided in Irwindale, injuring ten people. While entering the southbound 605 Freeway from the Live Oak Avenue on-ramp, the cement truck veered across a dirt embankment and collided with the van in the third lane, the impact sending the truck into the center divider, which caused it to overturn. Emergency responders transported nine occupants of the van to hospitals to receive treatment for minor to moderate injuries. The driver of the cement truck, 43-year-old Richard Banuelos, suffered major trauma and was also taken to a hospital. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“When a motor vehicle collision results in trauma, the victims may hold the at-fault party liable for the expense of their recoveries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”


Irwindale accounted for 2 of the 346 fatalities and 254 of the 62,881 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in crashes that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranked Los Angeles 15th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury collisions in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the ten people who were injured when the van and the cement truck collided.


The San Gabriel Valley Tribune originally reported this Irwindale crash.


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June 28, 2013

Santa Monica: One Killed, Three Seriously Injured in Collision with Wrong-Way Driver

At about 1:15 a.m. on Friday, June 28, one person was killed and three were seriously injured in a collision with a wrong-way driver in Santa Monica. While traveling eastbound on the westbound 10 Freeway, a motorist crashed head-on with another vehicle near Centinela Avenue. The impact sent the first motorist down an embankment, and left the second on the freeway, where it was struck by another motorist, killing one of its male occupants. Emergency responders transported three people to the hospital to receive treatment for major trauma. Two people declined medical treatment. Authorities arrested the wrong-way driver and the driver of the third vehicle involved in the crash on suspicion of driving under the influence. The accident is under investigation.


“Drivers who seriously or fatally harm others while violating the law may face criminal and civil legal actions,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis. “The state will penalize them with license suspensions and fines or imprisonment, or both. The victims or their surviving family members will file injury or wrongful death claims against the driver in order to be compensated for the expenses associated with their recoveries or losses.”


Santa Monica accounted for none of the 346 fatalities and 679 of the 62,881 injuries suffered in motor vehicle collisions that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 197 of the fatal and 4,359 of the injury accidents that occurred in the county that year.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the man who was killed in the collision with the wrong-way driver. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the three people who were seriously injured.


The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Santa Monica DUI crash.


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June 25, 2013

Baker: Charles Kamimura Killed, Two Injured in Rollover Accident

Shortly before 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, 79-year-old Charles Kamimura, of Torrance, was killed and two others were injured in a rollover accident near Baker. While traveling southbound on the 15 Freeway, Kamimura swerved to the left to avoid a collision with a semi that had abruptly entered his lane, causing him to lose control of the vehicle. His vehicle overturned when he crashed into the center divider. He was declared dead at the scene. Emergency responders transported two of his passengers to a hospital in Las Vegas. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.

“If a driver’s negligence causes a crash, the driver may be held liable for any injuries or deaths that result,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis. “In many cases, the victims or their surviving family members will pursue civil claims against the driver in order to be compensated for expenses associated with their recoveries or losses.”

Throughout San Bernardino County, 11,866 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked San Bernardino 36th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury collisions in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst. Large trucks were involved in 24 of the fatal and 425 of the injury accidents that occurred in the county that year.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Charles Kamimura, the man who was killed in the rollover accident. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the two people who were injured.


The Daily Breeze originally reported this Baker crash.

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June 25, 2013

Hinkley: Jennifer Metheney Killed, Six Seriously Injured in Head-On Collision

At about 1 a.m. on Friday, June 21, 25-year-old Jennifer Metheney, of Porterville, was killed and six people were seriously injured in a head-on collision in Hinkley. A red 1992 Honda Prelude struck the gray 1997 Saturn SL2 in which Metheney was a front seat passenger on Highway 58 west of Flower Road. Emergency responders transported her to an area hospital, where she died from the trauma she suffered a short time later. The 27-year-old female driver of the Saturn and three other passengers, two 9-year-olds and a 6-year-old, were transported to hospitals for injuries ranging from moderate to major. The 20-year-old male driver of the Honda was taken to a hospital to receive treatment for major trauma, as was his 19-year-old male passenger, who sustained moderate injuries. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.


“The victims of motor vehicle collisions have recourse through the civil justice system,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis. “Those who were injured may seek compensation for recovery-related expenses by filing personal injury claims against the negligent driver. The families of those who did not survive the accident may file wrongful death claims in order to be compensated for their losses.”


San Bernardino County accounted for 221 of the 2,720 traffic-related fatalities that occurred in California in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s accident data. That year, traffic accidents injured 11,764 people in the county. The OTS’ records indicate that 1,072 of the fatal and injury accidents in San Bernardino occurred between 9:00 p.m. and 2:59 a.m.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Jennifer Metheney, the woman who was killed in the head-on collision. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the six people who were seriously injured.


DesertDispatch.com originally reported this Hinkley collision.


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June 25, 2013

Perris: Seven Injured in Head-On Crash

Shortly before 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, seven people were injured in a head-on crash in Perris. A Mazda Millenia and a Toyota Camry collided near the 500 block of Apache Lane. Emergency responders transported the seven victims to area hospitals to receive treatment for trauma ranging from minor to moderate. Navajo Road was closed in both directions between Apache Lane and Wigwam Road while authorities investigated.


“California law ensures that those who have been injured in a motor vehicle collision for which they are not at-fault may pursue compensation for the expenses associated with their recoveries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”


In 2010, 148 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents that occurred in Perris, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS compares the accident data of cities with populations of a similar size, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, with 1st place considered the worst. That year, Perris ranked 92nd out of 103 cities for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the seven people who were injured in the head-on crash in Perris.


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June 25, 2013

Santa Nella: Fernando Mardones and Maria Loreto Loyola Killed, Fernando O. Mardones and Loreto A. Godoy Injured in Head-On Collision

At about 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 21, 62-year-old Fernando Mardones, 61-year-old Maria Loreto Loyola, and another motorist were killed in a head-on collision near Santa Nella. Mardones’ son, 36-year-old Fernando O. Mardones, and his son’s wife, 32-year-old Loreto A. Godoy, as well as the couple’s two children, were injured in the crash. While traveling on Interstate 5, a 29-year-old male driver crossed the center median and crashed into the vehicle in which the family was riding. The younger Mardones, his wife, and their children were taken to the hospital for their injuries. The accident is under investigation.


“After a fatal accident, the victims’ surviving family members may file wrongful death claims against the negligent driver in order to hold that party liable for their losses,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Throughout Merced County, 1,816 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents that occurred in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety's most current records. The OTS ranked Merced 16th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury collisions 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 families of Fernando Mardones, Maria Loreto Loyola, and the motorist who was killed in the head-on collision. We would also like to wish a full recovery to Fernando O. Mardones, Loreto A. Godoy, and their two children.


The Sacramento Bee originally reported this Santa Nella collision.


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June 24, 2013

Merced: Two Men Killed in Wrong-Way Crash

Shortly after 2 a.m. on Sunday, June 23, two men were killed in a wrong-way crash in Merced. While traveling eastbound in the westbound lane of Santa Fe Drive, the 23-year-old male driver of a 1992 Honda collided head-on with a 1997 Toyota Camry east of Belcher Avenue. The 24-year-old male driver of the Toyota and the driver of the Honda were pronounced dead at the scene. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.


“After a fatal collision, the family of the victim may hold the at-fault driver accountable for their loss by filing a wrongful death claim,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


The California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System indicates that 25 people were killed and 1,668 were injured in motor vehicle collisions that occurred in Merced in 2010. Collisions that occurred between 9 p.m. and 2:59 a.m. accounted for 150 of the traffic-related fatalities and injuries in the city that year.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of the two men who were killed in the wrong-way crash.


Abclocal.go.com originally reported this Merced crash.


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June 23, 2013

Muscoy: Ismael Ramires Mejia and Lauriano Mejia Ramirez Killed in Head-On Crash

At about 10:10 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, 26-year-old Ismael Ramires Mejia and 19-year-old Lauriano Mejia Ramirez were killed in a head-on crash in Muscoy. While traveling northbound on Cajon Boulevard, the driver of a 2004 Dodge Ram swerved into opposing lanes of traffic and collided with the black 1999 Nissan Maxima Mejia was driving. Mejia and Ramirez were pronounced dead at the scene. The CHP is investigating the crash.


“When a family loses a loved one to a motor vehicle collision, they may file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party in order to be compensated for their loss,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 11,866 people in San Bernardino County in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current accident data. The OTS ranked San Bernardino 36th out of 58 counties for the number of collisions that resulted in injury or death that occurred there that year; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of Ismael Ramires Mejia and Lauriano Mejia Ramirez, the two people who were killed in the head-on crash.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Muscoy crash.


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June 23, 2013

Acton: One Killed in Collision with Wrong-Way Driver

Shortly after 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, one person was killed in a collision with a wrong-way driver in Acton. While traveling southbound in the northbound lane of the 14 Freeway, a motorist collided head-on with another vehicle near Escondido Canyon Road. Emergency responders extricated one victim from the wreckage. One victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.


“When a driver’s negligence results in a fatal collision, he or she may face a wrongful death claim from the family of the victim,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis, “which is a means for the family to obtain compensation for their loss.”


In 2010, 72,010 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents that occurred in Los Angeles County, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked Los Angeles 15th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst. Statewide, 2,720 people were killed in traffic accidents that year.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the person who was killed in the collision with the wrong-way driver.


The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Acton crash.


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June 22, 2013

Paso Robles: Pedro Arellano, Anthony Bianco, and Victoria Martinez Injured in Distracted Driving Crash

At about 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, 50-year-old Pedro Arellano, 79-year-old Anthony Bianco, and 51-year-old Victoria Martinez were injured in a distracted driving crash in Paso Robles. While traveling eastbound on Highway 46 west of Highway 101, Arellano answered his phone, causing him to veer into the oncoming traffic of the westbound lane and collide with another vehicle. Bianco, the driver of that vehicle, suffered a broken ankle in the crash. Martinez, a passenger in Arellano’s vehicle, sustained a fractured rib and sprained wrist, while Arellano fractured his leg, chest, and arm. Emergency responders transported them to area hospitals. The accident is under investigation.


“Under California law, those who have been injured in a crash may file civil claims against the at-fault party in order to obtain compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines distracted driving as engaging in any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving, such as texting, using a cell phone or smartphone, reading, including maps, and adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player. In 2011, distracted driving crashes killed 3,331 people and injured another 387,000.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to Pedro Arellano, Anthony Bianco, and Victoria Martinez, the three people who were injured in the distracted driving crash.


The Tribune originally reported this Paso Robles collision.


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June 22, 2013

Apple Valley: Four Injured in Collision on Highway 18

Shortly after 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, four people were injured in a collision on Highway 18. While traveling eastbound the driver of a Toyota pickup truck turned right from the left turn pocket at Rimrock Road and collided with another vehicle. Emergency responders airlifted one victim to the hospital, while the other three were transported via ambulance. Authorities are investigating the crash.


“When a motorist’s negligence causes a traffic accident, the victims may file personal injury claims against the motorist in order to be compensated for the cost of their recoveries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s current accident data indicate that 32,367 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic collisions in the United States in 2011. This represents the lowest incidence of traffic fatalities since 1949, when there were 30,246 deaths, and a 1.9 percent decline from 2010, when 32,999 fatalities were recorded.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the four people who were injured in the collision on Highway 18.


The Daily Press originally reported this Apple Valley accident.


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June 21, 2013

San Bernardino: Two Seriously Injured in Crash on Highway 38

Shortly before 7 p.m. on Monday, June 17, two people were seriously injured in a crash on Highway 38 in San Bernardino. While traveling on the highway near Jenks Lake Road West, the vehicle crashed into a tree. The victims were airlifted to an area hospital. The accident is under investigation.


“California law ensures that those who have suffered trauma in a collision may pursue civil claims to obtain compensation for the cost of their recoveries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”


The California Office of Traffic Safety indicates that 11,866 people were killed or injured in crashes that occurred in San Bernardino County in 2010. The OTS ranked San Bernardino 36th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury collisions in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the two people who were seriously injured in the crash on Highway 38.



The Press-Enterprise
originally reported this San Bernardino accident.


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June 21, 2013

Poway: Female Passenger Killed in Possible DUI Crash

At about 4 a.m. on Thursday, June 20, a 19-year-old female passenger was killed in a possible DUI crash in Poway. The teen was riding in a Honda that was involved in a collision with a fire engine. The fire engine reportedly entered the intersection on a green light while using its emergency lights. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, 44-year-old Robbie Gillespie, sustained injuries and was transported to an area hospital. Authorities found an open container of alcohol in the Honda. The accident is under investigation.


“The family of a passenger who has been killed in a crash may file a wrongful death claim against the negligent driver in order to be compensated for their loss,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


In 2010, 118 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents that occurred in Poway, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 12 of the fatal and injury collisions that occurred in the city that year, with the OTS ranking Poway 58th out of 93 cities for its incidence of DUI 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 the female passenger who was killed in the possible DUI crash.


The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Poway collision.


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June 21, 2013

North Hollywood: One Killed, Four Injured in Rollover Crash

At about 2:14 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, one person was killed and four were injured in a rollover crash in North Hollywood. While traveling southbound near the intersection of Lankershim Boulevard and Vineland Avenue, a motorist struck a northbound SUV, the impact causing it to rollover and collide with another vehicle. The driver of the SUV died at the scene. Emergency responders transported two men and two women to area hospitals. Authorities are investigating the crash.


“In the event of an auto accident resulting in injury or death, the at-fault party may be held liable for the expenses associated with the victims’ recoveries or their families’ losses,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Throughout Los Angeles County, 72,010 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. The OTS ranked Los Angeles 15th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury collisions in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst. Statewide, 2,720 people were killed in traffic accidents that year.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the man who was killed in the rollover crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the four people who were injured.


The Los Angeles Daily News originally reported this North Hollywood crash.


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June 18, 2013

San Diego: Seven-Vehicle Collision on Interstate 15 Injured Seven

At about 7:20 a.m. on Monday, June 17, a seven-vehicle collision on Interstate 15 injured seven people in San Diego. The accident, which involved a semi truck, occurred on the northbound side of the freeway south of Miramar Road. Emergency responders transported seven people to area hospitals. Authorities are investigating the crash.


“Under California law, those who have been injured in a traffic accident may file civil claims against the driver at-fault for the crash in order to be compensated for the expense of their recoveries,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis.


The California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records indicate that 5,241 people were killed or injured in collisions that occurred in San Diego in 2010. The OTS ranked San Diego 10th out of 13 cities with populations of more than 250,000 for its incidence of fatal and injury motor vehicle collisions that year; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the seven people who were injured in the seven-vehicle collision on Interstate 15.


www.fox5sandiego.com originally reported this San Diego crash.


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June 18, 2013

Agua Dulce: Fernando Lopez, David Becker, and Maryann Looram Injured in Crash with Wrong-Way Driver

At about 4:35 p.m. on Monday, June 17, 48-year-old Fernando Lopez, 53-year-old David Becker, and 59-year-old Maryann Looram were injured in a crash with a wrong-way driver in Agua Dulce. While traveling southbound on the northbound 14 Freeway in a white Dodge pickup truck, 54-year-old Rick Allen Walker collided head-on with another vehicle at Vasquez Rocks, triggering a chain-reaction accident involving nine vehicles. Thirteen people suffered trauma in the accident. Emergency responders airlifted three victims to an area hospital to receive treatment for major trauma. Becker and Looram sustained broken backs, and Lopez suffered a compound facture to the left arm. Authorities arrested Walker on suspicion of driving under the influence of methamphetamine. The accident is under investigation.


“Motorists who drive while intoxicated and cause injury accidents may face criminal charges and civil actions,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis. “The state will penalize them for breaking its laws and the victims will hold them liable for the expenses associated with their recoveries.”


Throughout Los Angeles County, 72,010 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents that occurred in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked Los Angeles 15th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury 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 wish a full recovery to Fernando Lopez, David Becker, and Maryann Looram, as well as the others who were injured in the crash with the wrong-way driver.


KTLA.com originally reported this Agua Dulce collision.


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June 18, 2013

Long Beach: Motorcyclist Frank Aldana Escalante and Motorist Marianne Krone Killed in Collision

At about 6:10 a.m. on Monday, June 17, 23-year-old motorcyclist Frank Aldana Escalante, of Lakewood, and 65-year-old motorist Marianne Krone, of La Palma, were killed in a collision in Long Beach. A California Highway Patrol officer briefly pursued Escalante after observing him riding at speeds in excess of 100 mph on the 605 Freeway but ceased to chase him after he exited on Spring Street. Escalante continued riding to the intersection of Wardlow Road and Norwalk Boulevard, where he struck the minivan Krone was driving, the impact causing it to rollover multiple times. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“After a fatal accident, the families of the victims may hold the negligent party liable for their losses by filing wrongful death claims,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


In 2010, 1,874 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents that occurred in Long Beach, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. Speeding was a factor in 254 of the fatal and injury collisions, with Long Beach ranking 12th out of 13 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 families of Frank Aldana Escalante and Marianne Krone, the motorcyclist and the motorist who were killed in the collision.


The Press-Telegram originally reported this Long Beach crash.


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June 17, 2013

Ventura: Esmeralda Bello Killed in DUI Accident

At about 2:20 a.m. on Friday, June 14, 21-year-old Esmeralda Bello was killed in a DUI accident near Ventura. While traveling southbound on Victoria Avenue at a high rate of speed, Jose Rodriguez lost control of the vehicle in which Bello was riding while rounding a curve near Olivas Park Drive, causing the vehicle to leave the road and roll down an embankment. Bello was pronounced dead at the scene. Rodriguez and another passenger were transported to a hospital to receive treatment for minor to moderate trauma. Authorities arrested Rodriguez on suspicion of felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter.


“When a passenger is killed in a crash, his or her family my file a wrongful death claim against the negligent driver in order to hold him or her liable for their loss,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 391 people in Ventura in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Alcohol was a factor in 47 of the collisions that resulted in injury or death, with Ventura ranking 19th out 53 cities for its incidence of fatal and injury DUI crashes.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Esmeralda Bello, the woman who was killed in the DUI accident.


The Ventura County Star originally reported this .


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June 17, 2013

Oxnard: Rueybin Chiou Seriously Injured in DUI Crash

At about 7:33 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 58-year-old Rueybin Chiou was seriously injured in a DUI crash near Oxnard. While traveling westbound on Pleasant Valley Road, 25-year-old Crystal Flores veered into opposing lanes of traffic near Hailes Road and collided head-on with Chiou’s vehicle. Emergency responders extricated both drivers from the wreckage and transported them to an area hospital to receive treatment for major trauma. Authorities subsequently arrested Flores on suspicion of felony DUI.


“When a motorist drives while intoxicated and harms others, he or she may face criminal charges and civil claims,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis, “as the state will punish the motorist for violating its laws and the victims will hold him or her liable for their recovery-related expenses.”


In 2010, 1,245 people were killed or injured in crashes that occurred in Oxnard, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked Oxnard 6th out of 53 similarly sized cities for its incidence of fatal and injury motor vehicle collisions that year; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to Rueybin Chiou and Crystal Flores.


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June 17, 2013

San Bernardino: Sergio Carlos Escalera Killed, Three Injured in Crash

At about 2:22 a.m. on Sunday, June 16, 23-year-old Sergio Carlos Escalera was killed and three people were injured in a crash in San Bernardino. While traveling westbound on Interstate 210, Escalera lost control of the sedan just before the Interstate 215 interchange and collided with the guardrail, causing the vehicle to roll down the freeway overpass embankment multiple times before landing on Little Mountain Drive. Escalera was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Authorities suspect Escalera may have been racing another vehicle when the accident occurred.


“Motorists who harm others while violating traffic safety laws may be held liable for the expenses associated with their recoveries or losses,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


In 2010, 1,101 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents that occurred in San Bernardino, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. The OTS ranked San Bernardino 19th out of 53 cities with populations of a similar size 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 Sergio Carlos Escalera. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the three people who were injured in the crash.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this San Bernardino accident.


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June 14, 2013

Valencia: Woman Killed, Two Injured in Crash

At about 1:14 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, a woman was killed and two people were injured in a two-vehicle crash in Valencia. The collision occurred at the intersection of Commerce Center and Henry Mayo drives. Emergency responders pronounced one person dead at the scene and transported two victims to the hospital. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“When a traffic collision causes injury or death, the victims or their families may hold the at-fault party civilly liable for the expenses associated with their recoveries or losses,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis.


Traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 796 people in Santa Clarita in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked Santa Clarita 25th out of 53 cities with populations of between 100,001 and 250,000 residents for its incidence of fatal and injury accidents that year; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the woman who was killed in the crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the two people who were injured.


The Los Angeles Daily News originally reported this Valencia crash.


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June 14, 2013

San Jacinto: Three Injured in DUI Crash

At about 5:15 a.m. on Thursday, June 13, three people were injured in a DUI crash in San Jacinto. While speeding east on East Main Street, two motorists collided near the intersection with Ramona Expressway, the impact sending one into a traffic signal. Attempting to flee, the other driver ran a red light and struck a third vehicle. Emergency responders transported three people to area hospitals. Authorities arrested Danny Lopez Jr. on suspicion of felony DUI causing injury and Cynthia Salgado-Flores on suspicion of misdemeanor DUI. The accident is under investigation.


“Those who operate motor vehicles while intoxicated are subject to criminal penalties and civil lawsuits,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis. “The state will punish them for violating its laws, and the victims will hold them liable for the cost of their recoveries.”


San Jacinto accounted for none of the 164 fatalities and 132 of the 10,594 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in crashes that occurred in Riverside County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 20 of the crashes that resulted in injury or death in the city that year. Speeding was a factor in 20 of the accidents, as well.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the three people who were injured in the DUI crash.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this San Jacinto collision.


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June 14, 2013

Patterson: One Killed, Five Injured in Crash on Highway 33

Shortly after 5 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12, one person was killed and five were injured in a crash on Highway 33 in Patterson. Twenty-five-year-old Gabino Solorro turned left from the northbound lane of the highway onto Zacharias Road in front of a southbound 1995 Ford E-250 Econoline van, the impact sending Solorro’s 2000 Nissan Frontier into a 2012 Peterbilt big rig that had also been waiting to turn onto Zacharias. Solorro and his front seat passenger, 19-year-old Jesus Orozco, sustained minor injuries. Emergency responders airlifted two back seat passengers, 43-year-old Magdalene Estrada and 18-year-old Christina Perez, to area hospitals to receive treatment for serious injuries. A 44-year-old woman who was also riding in the back seat was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the van, 31-year-old Gabino Cisneros, suffered minor injuries and was also taken to a hospital. The driver of the semi was not injured. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“Under California law, those who suffer trauma in a motor vehicle collision may hold the negligent party civilly liable for the expenses associated with their recoveries,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis. “The families of victims who did not survive the accident may seek compensation for their losses through the wrongful death claims process.”


Patterson accounted for none of the 35 fatalities and 45 of the 3,132 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in collisions that occurred in Stanislaus County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Throughout California, 2,720 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents that year.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the woman who was killed in the crash on Highway 33. We would also like to wish a full recovery to Gabino Solorro, Jesus Orozco, Magdalene Estrada, Christina Perez, and Gabino Cisneros.


The Modesto Bee originally reported this Patterson crash.


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June 14, 2013

Pico Rivera: Three Killed, Four Seriously Injured in Head-On Collision

At about 8:45 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, three people were killed and four were seriously injured in a head-on collision in Pico Rivera. While traveling northbound at a high rate of speed in the 3500 block of San Gabriel River Parkway, the 22-year-old male driver of a Honda Civic veered into southbound lanes while negotiating a curve and collided with a Nissan Sentra. The driver and two boys, ages 11 and 13, were thrown from the vehicle and killed. Emergency responders transported four victims, one woman and child from the Honda and two women from the Nissan, to area hospitals to receive treatment for major trauma. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“After a motor vehicle collision resulting in serious injury or death, the victims or their surviving family members may file civil claims against the at-fault driver in order to obtain compensation for the expenses associated with their recoveries or losses,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis.


The California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current accident statistics indicate that 173 people were killed or injured in motor vehicle collisions that occurred in Pico Rivera in 2010. Drivers aged 21 to 34 were involved in 12 of the crashes resulting in injury or death; speed was a contributing factor to 29 of the accidents.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of the three people who were killed in the head-on collision. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the four people who were injured.


The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Pico Rivera collision.


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June 13, 2013

Brea: Two Women Injured in Three-Vehicle Collision

At about 7:23 a.m. on Thursday, June 13, two women were injured in a three-vehicle collision in Brea. While traveling on Tonner Canyon Road, the Toyota Corolla in which the women were riding collided with a Ford Expedition at the intersection with Brea Canyon Road. When the Ford swerved to avoid a collision, it crashed into a Dodge Dakota truck, causing the truck to overturn. Emergency responders transported the women to an area hospital. Neither the eight teens in the Ford nor the driver of the Dodge were hurt in the crash. The accident is under investigation.


“Those who are injured in traffic collisions may file civil claims against the negligent driver in order to be compensated for the cost of their recoveries,” explained Orange County auto accident lawyer, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”


In 2010, 248 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents that occurred in Brea, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. Two of the collisions that resulted in injury or death involved a driver under the age of 21, with the OTS ranking Brea 24th out of 93 similarly sized cities for its incidence of such accidents.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the two women who were injured in the three-vehicle collision.


The Orange County Register originally reported this Brea crash.


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June 13, 2013

Hinkley: Timothy Wayne Evans Killed and Another Man Injured in Crash

At about 6:10 p.m. on Friday, June 7, 44-year-old Timothy Wayne Evans, of Barstow, was killed and a 30-year-old man from Apple Valley was injured in a crash in Hinkley. While traveling westbound on Santa Fe Avenue in a 1997 Honda Civic, Evans collided head-on with the 1999 Toyota Camry the man was driving. Evans was flown to an area hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries that night. Emergency responders transported the driver of the Toyota to another hospital to receive treatment for his injuries. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“When a motor vehicle accident results in injury or death, the victims or their families have recourse through the civil justice system,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis. “Those who were injured may obtain compensation for the cost of their recoveries, and the family of those who did not survive the accident may seek compensation for their loss.”


In 2010, 180 people were killed and another 11,050 were injured in traffic accidents that occurred in San Bernardino County, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The OTS ranked San Bernardino 36th out of 58 counties for the number of accidents resulting in injury or death that occurred there that year.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Timothy Wayne Evans. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the man who was injured.


DesertDispatch.com originally reported this Hinkley crash.


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June 13, 2013

Wildomar: Two Injured in Rollover Accident

At about 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12, two people were injured in a rollover accident in Wildomar. While traveling southbound on Interstate 15, a van veered from the freeway near Clinton Keith Road, crashed into a raised embankment on the shoulder, and overturned. One occupant was thrown from the vehicle and suffered major trauma. Another occupant sustained moderate injuries. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“When a motorist’s negligence causes a traffic accident that harms others, the victims may seek compensation from the motorist through the personal injury claims process,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Wildomar accounted for none of the 164 fatalities and 77 of the 10,594 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in traffic accidents that occurred in Riverside County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The OTS ranked Riverside 46th out of 58 counties for traffic safety in 2010; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the two people who were injured in the rollover accident.



The Press-Enterprise
originally reported this Wildomar crash.


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June 8, 2013

Bakersfield: Ryan Travis Woolley Killed, Passenger Alyiss Basaldua Seriously Injured in Crash

Shortly before 2:13 a.m. on Sunday, June 2, 23-year-old Ryan Travis Woolley was killed and his passenger Alyiss Basaldua, also 23, was seriously injured in a crash in Bakersfield. While traveling eastbound in the 4700 block of McKee Road in a black 2005 Acura hatchback at a high rate of speed, Woolley struck a brick wall, the impact ejecting him from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Emergency responders rescued Basaldua from the wreckage and transported her to an area hospital. The crash is under investigation.


“After a crash resulting in injury or death, the victims or their families may file personal injury or wrongful death claims against the negligent party in order to be compensated for expenses associated with their recoveries or losses,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Throughout Bakersfield, 1,343 people were killed or injured in motor vehicle collisions that occurred in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Nighttime crashes, those occurring between 9 p.m. and 2:59 a.m., accounted for 131 of the deaths and injuries. Drivers aged 21 to 34 were involved in 55 of the fatal and injury accidents.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Ryan Travis Woolley, the driver killed in the crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to Alyiss Basaldua, the passenger who was injured.


The Bakersfield Californian originally reported this accident.


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June 8, 2013

Indio: Three Injured in Car Accident

At about 6 a.m. on Friday, June 7, three people were injured in a car accident in Indio. The collision, which involved a Toyota Corolla and a Jeep Cherokee, occurred near the intersection of Fred Waring Drive and Jefferson Street. Emergency responders extricated the driver of the Toyota from the wreckage and transported the victim, along with a passenger and the driver of the Jeep, to area hospitals. The crash is under investigation.


“California law ensures that those who have been injured in a car accident have recourse through the civil justice system,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis. “In many cases, the victims will seek compensation for the expense of their recoveries through the personal injury claims process.”


Traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 226 people in Indio in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Indio ranked 69th out of 103 cities with similarly sized populations for its incidence of fatal and injury collisions that year; 1st place is the worst possible ranking. Throughout the state, 2,720 people were killed in traffic accidents that year.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the three people who were injured in the car accident.


Mydesert.com originally reported this Indio crash.


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June 8, 2013

San Bernardino: Dr. Allen Newton Killed in Head-On Crash

At about 11:44 a.m. on Friday, June 7, 66-year-old Dr. Allen Newton, of Lake Arrowhead, was killed in a head-on crash in San Bernardino. While traveling northbound on Waterman Avenue at a high rate of speed, the driver of a Chevy Silverado pickup truck veered into opposing lanes of traffic at Marshall Street and struck the Ford Taurus Newton was driving. Newton was declared dead at the scene. The accident is under investigation.


“When a motorist’s negligence causes a fatal collision, the family of the victim may file a wrongful death claim against the driver in order to be compensated for their loss,” explained California injury lawyer James Ballidis.


In 2010, 1,101 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents that occurred in San Bernardino, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS compares the accident data of cities with similarly sized populations, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, with 1st place considered the worst. That year, San Bernardino ranked 19th out of 53 cities for its incidence of fatal and injury accidents.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Dr. Allen Newton, the man killed in the head-on crash.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this San Bernardino collision.


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June 7, 2013

Hemet: Passenger Injured in Truck Rollover Crash

Shortly before 3 a.m. on Friday, June 7, a passenger was injured in a truck rollover crash in Hemet. While traveling eastbound on Domenigoni Parkway, the pickup truck veered into the dirt median and spun out as it re-entered the road, ejecting the passenger before it rolled over him. Emergency responders transported him to an area hospital, along with the driver, who sustained minor injuries. The accident is under investigation.


“Passengers who are hurt in collisions may file personal injury claims against the negligent driver,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis, “in order to be compensated for recovery-related expenses.”


In 2010, 454 people were killed or injured in crashes that occurred in Hemet, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked Hemet 13th out of 103 similarly sized cities for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the driver and passenger who were injured in the truck rollover crash.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Hemet accident.


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June 6, 2013

Corona: Teenage Driver and Passenger Seriously Injured in Crash

At about 11:46 a.m. on Monday, June 3, a teenage driver and passenger were seriously injured in a crash in Corona. While traveling westbound on Promenade Avenue in a 2000 Nissan Maxima, a 15-year-old boy attempted to pass a vehicle near Cresta Avenue. As he accelerated into the fast lane, he entered a curve and tried to return to the slow lane but overcorrected and lost control of the vehicle. It struck a curb and a light pole, the impact shearing it in two. Emergency responders transported the driver and his 16-year-old passenger to an area hospital in critical condition. The accident is under investigation.


“Those who harm others while negligently operating motor vehicles may face civil claims,” explained California injury lawyer James Ballidis, “as the victims are entitled to seek compensation from the parties at-fault for auto accidents for the expenses associated with their recoveries.”


The California Office of Traffic Safety’s accident records indicate that 396 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents that occurred in Corona in 2010. Ten of the crashes that resulted in death or injury involved a driver under the age of 21, with the OTS ranking Corona 14th out of 53 cities 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 wish a full recovery to the teenage driver and passenger who were seriously injured in the crash.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Corona accident.


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June 6, 2013

ZZYZX: Female Passenger Seriously Injured in DUI Hit-and-Run

Shortly before 7 a.m. on Tuesday, June 4, a female passenger was seriously injured in a DUI hit-and-run in the Zzyzx area of San Bernardino County. While traveling southbound on Interstate 15 in a black Lincoln Town Car, 29-year-old Jose Luis Bueno Jr., of Norwalk, veered to the left; when he overcorrected, the car rolled over, landing on its roof in the desert between Zzyzx and Rasor roads. Bueno fled the scene on foot but was later apprehended and arrested for felony DUI and hit-and-run. The female passenger was flown to an area hospital for major trauma. The accident is under investigation.


“Passengers who are injured in auto accidents may file personal injury claims against the negligent driver in order to be compensated for the expense of their recoveries,” explained California injury lawyer James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”


Throughout San Bernardino County, 11,866 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 1,351 of the fatal and injury crashes that occurred in the county that year; hit-and-run was a factor in 558 of the accidents.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the female passenger who was seriously injured in the DUI hit-and-run accident.


The Daily Press originally reported this Zzyzx accident.


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June 4, 2013

Temecula: Four Injured in Head-On Collision

At about 1:31 p.m. on Sunday, June 2, four people were injured in a head-on collision near Temecula. The crash, which involved two vehicles, occurred along Rancho California Road near Monte De Oro Road. Firefighters freed two victims from the wreckage. Two of the victims sustained major trauma. The accident is under investigation.


“After a crash resulting in injury, the victims may file personal injury claims in order to hold the at-fault party responsible for recovery-related expenses,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 306 people in Temecula in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked Temecula 43rd out of 53 cities with similarly sized populations for its incidence of fatal and injury collisions; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the four people who were injured in the head-on collision.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Temecula crash.


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June 4, 2013

Long Beach: Five Injured in Crash that Sent Vehicle into Restaurant

At about 3:40 p.m. on Sunday, May 2, a crash sent a vehicle into a restaurant and injured five people in Long Beach. While traveling eastbound a Hyundai Tucson collided with a southbound Volkswagen Jetta at the intersection of Wardlow Road and Orange Avenue, the impact sending one of the vehicles into the Hole Mole restaurant. Emergency responders transported five people to the hospital. Witnesses, or anyone with information about the accident, are asked to contact investigators at 562-570-7355.


“California law ensures that those who have been injured in a collision may hold the at-fault party liable for the expense of their recoveries,” explained injury lawyer James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”


The California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records indicate that 1,874 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents in Long Beach in 2010. The OTS ranked Long Beach 9th out of 13 cities with similarly sized populations for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the five people who were injured in the crash that sent the vehicle into the restaurant.


The Long Beach Press-Telegram originally reported this accident.


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June 4, 2013

Long Beach: Drunk Driver Caused Fatal Chain-Reaction Crash

At about 12:50 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, a drunk driver caused a fatal chain-reaction crash in Long Beach. While traveling northbound on the 710 Freeway in a 1988 Chrysler, 22-year-old Maria Guadalupe Vargas neglected to stop and slammed into a 2005 Toyota south of the 91 Freeway overcrossing. The impact sent the vehicle into a semi truck. A 29-year-old female passenger in the Toyota was pronounced dead at the scene. Vargas and the driver of the Toyota sustained major trauma. The drivers of the other vehicles were also injured. She faces three felony charges of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence causing injury and death. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“Those who are injured in a DUI crash may hold the driver civilly liable for the cost of their recoveries,” explained California injury lawyer James Ballidis. “The families of victims who did not survive the accident may file wrongful death claims.”


In 2010, 1,874 people were killed or injured in motor vehicle collisions that occurred in Long Beach, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Alcohol was a factor in 215 of the crashes that resulted in injury or death in the city that year. Statewide, 744 people were killed in DUI crashes in 2010.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the woman who was killed in the chain-reaction crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to those who were injured.


The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Long Beach accident.


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June 4, 2013

El Sereno: Police Chase Ended in Crash that Killed Julio Cesar Reyes-Salvador

On the afternoon of Saturday, June 1, a police chase ended in a crash that killed 23-year-old Julio Cesar Reyes-Salvador in El Sereno. Police attempted to pull over 20-year-old Jose Arrellano for reckless driving, and a chase ensued when he fled. According to a preliminary investigation, Arrellano was traveling at about 80 miles per hour when he struck three vehicles with his Chevy Suburban. Reyes was declared dead at the scene. Three other people were injured. Authorities arrested Arrellano on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter.


“When a motorist harms others while breaking the law, he or she may be held liable for the expense of their recoveries,” explained California injury lawyer James Ballidis. “If the accident proves fatal, the families of the victims may file wrongful death claims against the driver.”


Throughout Los Angeles County, 72,010 people were killed or injured in motor vehicle collisions in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. The OTS ranked Los Angeles 15th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury 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 Julio Cesar Reyes-Salvador, the man who was killed in the crash involving the police chase. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the three people who were injured.


The Los Angeles Times originally reported this El Sereno collision.


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June 3, 2013

Huntington Beach: Head-On Collision Injured Four

At about 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 2, four people were injured in a head-on collision in Huntington Beach. While traveling southbound on Pacific Coast Highway, the driver of a red Chevrolet Corvette veered into the northbound lane and crashed into a silver Jeep. Emergency responders transported four occupants of the Jeep to area hospitals. The accident is under investigation.

“Those who have been injured in an accident may seek compensation for the expense of their recoveries through the civil claims process,” explained California injury lawyer James Ballidis.


In 2010, 1,300 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents that occurred in Huntington Beach, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked Huntington Beach 2nd out of 53 cities with similarly sized populations for its incidence of fatal and injury accidents; 1st place is considered the worst.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the four people who were injured in the head-on collision.


The Orange County Register originally reported this Huntington Beach crash.


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May 31, 2013

Stockton: Rafael Ontiveros, Adrian Pena, Luis Cuevas, and Two Others Killed in SUV Crash

On the morning of Sunday, May 26, an SUV crashed into a waterway west of Stockton, killing 28-year-old Rafael Ontiveros, 40-year-old Adrian Pena, and Luis Cuevas, as well as two other people. While traveling in a 2002 Chevrolet SUV, the driver veered from the roadway, crashing down a levee and into the water. None of the victims were found inside of the vehicle when it was removed from the water. Rescuers located them afterward, finding the last two male victims on Wednesday. The accident is under investigation.


“After a fatal accident, the families of the victims may file wrongful death claims against the negligent driver in order to hold him or her liable for their loss,” explained California injury lawyer James Ballidis.


Motor vehicle collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 1,660 people in Stockton in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked Stockton 4th out of 13 cities with populations of more than 250,000 for its incidence of fatal and injury collisions in a ranking 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 families of Rafael Ontiveros, Adrian Pena, Luis Cuevas, and the two other people who were killed in the SUV crash.


CBSlocal.com originally reported this Stockton accident.


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May 30, 2013

Redondo Beach: Teenage Passenger Injured in DUI Accident

At about 4 a.m. on Monday, May 27, a teenage passenger was injured in a DUI accident in Redondo Beach. While traveling in the 1900 block of Pacific Coast Highway, the teenage driver collided with three parked vehicles. Emergency responders transported the passenger to an area hospital. Authorities arrested the driver on suspicion of drunken driving. The accident is under investigation.


“When a crash results in trauma, the victims may hold the at-fault driver liable for the cost of their recoveries,” explained California injury lawyer James Ballidis.


Traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 307 people in Redondo Beach in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Drivers under the age of 21 were involved in two of the crashes that resulted in injury or death. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 47 of the accidents.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the teenage passenger who was injured in the DUI accident.


The Daily Breeze originally reported this Redondo Beach DUI crash.


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May 30, 2013

Desert Hot Springs: Elderly Female Passenger Killed in Collision

At about 1:15 p.m. on Monday, May 27, an elderly female passenger was killed in a collision just outside the city limits of Desert Hot Springs. While traveling northbound on Mountain View Road in a 1998 Mercedes, 77-year-old Gilbert Kessler turned left in front of a southbound 1998 Pontiac and was broadsided. The woman, who was riding in the Mercedes, was transported to a hospital, where she succumbed to the trauma she suffered. Kessler was also taken to a hospital for minor injuries. The driver of the Pontiac, 18-year-old Luis Ruiz, sustained minor trauma. The accident is under investigation.


“After a fatal collision, the family of the deceased may pursue a wrongful death claim against the negligent party in order to be compensated for their loss,” explained California injury lawyer James Ballidis.


Desert Hot Springs accounted for none of the 164 fatalities and 59 of the 10,594 injuries suffered in collisions that occurred in Riverside County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Statewide, 2,720 people lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents in 2010.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the elderly female passenger who was killed in the collision.


Mydesert.com originally reported this Desert Hot Springs crash.


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May 30, 2013

Menifee: Female Passenger Seriously Injured in DUI Crash

Shortly before 1 a.m. on Sunday, May 26, a 21-year-old female passenger was injured in a DUI crash in Menifee. While traveling in a pickup truck on McCall Boulevard, 21-year-old Robert Joseph Padilla crashed into a metal guardrail at Aspel Road, the impact sending the rail through the entire length of the vehicle. The woman, who was sitting in the front seat at the time, suffered major trauma. Padilla received emergency medical treatment for minor injuries. He was arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and causing serious injuries. The accident is under investigation.

“Passengers who suffer serious trauma in motor vehicle collisions may file personal injury claims against the negligent driver in order to obtain compensation for the expenses associated with their recoveries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”

Menifee accounted for 5 of the 164 fatalities and 239 of the 10,594 injuries suffered by motorists in crashes that occurred in Riverside County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 1,471 of the fatal and injury accidents that occurred in the county that year.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the female passenger who was seriously injured in the DUI crash.

The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Menifee DUI accident.

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May 28, 2013

Norco: Jesus P. Roblero Killed in DUI Crash

Shortly after 6 a.m. on Monday, May 27, 23-year-old Jesus P. Roblero, of Riverside, was killed in a DUI crash in Norco. Twenty-nine-year-old Josh A. Peerman, of Palm Springs, fled when a Riverside County sheriff’s deputy approached his 2004 Nissan pickup for a traffic stop. He ran a red light at the intersection of Pedley Avenue and 6th Street, colliding with the 1993 Toyota Corolla Roblero was driving. Roblero was declared dead at the scene. Sheriff’s deputies indicated that they were not pursuing Peerman prior to the accident. Authorities arrested Peerman on suspicion of driving under the influence and causing a fatal crash.


“When a family loses a loved one to a drunk driver, they may file a wrongful death claim in order to hold the driver liable for their loss,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


In 2010, 70 motor vehicle occupants lost their lives or were injured in crashes that occurred in Norco, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 13 of the fatal and injury accidents that occurred there that year, with the OTS ranking Norco 24th out of 93 similarly sized cities for its incidence of fatal and injury DUI collisions; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Jesus P. Roblero, the man killed in the DUI crash.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Norco crash.


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May 28, 2013

Encinitas: Joao Rocadas Killed, Four Injured in Head-On Collision

At about 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, 23-year-old Joao Rocadas was killed and four people were injured in a head-on collision in Encinitas. While traveling on Leucadia Boulevard in a Chrysler Sebring, Rocadas lost control of the vehicle near Interstate 5, crossing the median before crashing into a Chevrolet pickup truck. The impact sent the truck into a Ford F-250 truck. Rocadas was pronounced dead at the scene. Emergency responders transported the 43-year-old female driver of the Chevrolet to an area hospital to receive treatment for non-life-threatening injuries. The 43-year-old man driving the Ford and his sons, ages 12 and 9, were treated at the scene. Witnesses, or anyone with information about the accident, are asked to call the Sheriff’s Department of the San Diego Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.


“Those who suffer serious trauma in a crash may file civil claims against the negligent party in order to receive compensation for recovery-related expenses,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis. “If the collision proves fatal, the family of the victim may file a wrongful death claim.”


Traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 176 people in Encinitas in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Eight of the fatal and injury collisions in the city involved drivers aged 21 to 34 that year. Statewide, 2,720 people died in crashes.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Joao Rocadas, the driver killed in the head-on collision. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the four people who were injured.


The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Encinitas crash.


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May 28, 2013

South Gate: Street Racing Driver Killed Woman, Injured Five Others

Shortly after midnight on Saturday, May 25, a street racing driver killed one woman and injured five other people in South Gate. While traveling in a 2003 Acura, Michael Villalobos ran a stop light at the intersection of Firestone Boulevard and Alameda Street, striking two vehicles. The 24-year-old female driver of the first vehicle, a 1997 Honda, was taken to an area hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries. The 50-year-old female driver of the second vehicle suffered major trauma, while her two teenage passengers sustained minor injuries. Two passengers in Villalobos’ vehicle were also injured. Authorities arrested him on suspicion of engaging in a speed contest, reckless driving, and vehicular manslaughter.


“When a driver harms others while violating traffic safety laws, such as engaging in a street race, the victims may hold the driver liable for the expenses associated with their recoveries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis. “In the event that a vehicle occupant is killed, his or her family may file a wrongful death claim against the driver.”


Throughout South Gate, 372 people were killed or injured in collisions in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. Speed was a factor in 70 of the crashes that resulted in injury or death in the city that year.


California Vehicle Code section 23109 indicates that a person who causes bodily injury to another person while participating in a street race shall be punished by imprisonment in a county jail for not less than 30 days nor more than six months or by a fine of not less than five hundred dollars nor more than one thousand dollars, or by both that fine and imprisonment.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the woman who was killed when the street racing driver ran the red light. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the five people who were injured.


The Los Angeles Times originally reported this South Gate crash.


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May 20, 2013

Winchester: Car Accident Injured Nine

Shortly after 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, a car accident injured nine people in Winchester. A passenger van collided head-on with a sport utility vehicle at the intersection of Highway 74 and Winchester Road. Emergency responders freed three people from the wreckage. Eight people were transported to area hospitals for injuries ranging from moderate to major. One person suffered trauma but declined medical treatment at the scene. The accident is under investigation.


“Those who are injured in motor vehicle collisions may file civil claims against the at-fault party in order to be compensated for the expense of their recoveries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Throughout Riverside County, 11,417 people were killed or injured in crashes in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. The OTS ranked Riverside 46th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury accidents that year; 1st place is the worst ranking possible. Statewide, 2,720 people were killed in collisions.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the nine people who were injured in the car accident.


The Press-Enterprise
originally reported this Winchester crash.


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May 20, 2013

Fontana: Martina Johnson Killed in Head-On Collision

At about 2:40 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, 72-year-old Martina Johnson was killed in a head-on collision in Fontana. The two-vehicle crash occurred on Lytle Creek Road north of Glen Helen Parkway. Emergency responders transported Johnson to an area hospital, where she succumbed to the trauma she suffered a short time later. The CHP is investigating the accident.


“When a motorist is killed in a crash, his or her family may hold the negligent party liable by filing a wrongful death claim,” explained California injury lawyer James Ballidis.


In 2010, 544 people were killed or injured in collisions that occurred in Fontana, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. The OTS ranked Fontana 47th out of 53 cities of a similar size for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes that year; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Martina Johnson.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this head-on collision.


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May 16, 2013

Banning: One Seriously Injured in Three-Vehicle Collision

At about 10:39 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, one person was seriously injured in a three-vehicle collision in Banning. The crash occurred on the 10 Freeway east of Highland Springs Avenue. Firefighters extricated one person from the wreckage, and the victim was transported to an area hospital to receive treatment for major trauma. A second person refused medical attention. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“California law ensures that those who are injured in motor vehicle collisions for which they were not at-fault may pursue compensation for recovery-related expenses from the negligent party,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Forty-four motorists were killed or injured in collisions that occurred in Banning in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked Banning 82nd out of 93 cities for the number of fatal and injury crashes that occurred there that year; 1st place is the worst possible ranking. Statewide, 2,720 people lost their lives in accidents.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the person who was seriously injured in the three-vehicle collision.

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May 16, 2013

Vacaville: Davis Man Seriously Injured in DUI Crash

At about 5:24 a.m. on Sunday, May 12, a 54-year-old Davis man was seriously injured in a DUI crash in Vacaville. While traveling on Leisure Town Road in a 1998 Chevrolet Camaro, 22-year-old De Sean Dennis collided with a 1997 Dodge Neon near Purple Martin Drive. Firefighters extricated the driver of the Dodge, and he was airlifted to the hospital to receive treatment for major trauma. Dennis was also transported to an area hospital. He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of felony DUI. The accident is under investigation.


“When a motorist is injured in a collision with an intoxicated driver, he or she may file a civil claim against the driver in order to receive compensation for recovery-related expenses,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”


In 2010, 161 people were killed or injured in crashes that occurred in Vacaville, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 161 of the fatal and injury collisions that occurred in the city that year, with the OTS ranking Vacaville 75th out of 103 similarly sized cities for its incidence of such accidents.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the Davis man who was injured in the DUI crash.


The Vacaville Reporter originally reported this collision.


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May 15, 2013

Santa Clarita: Three Injured in Seven-Vehicle Crash

Shortly after 11 a.m. on Friday, May 10, three people were injured in a seven-vehicle crash in Santa Clarita. The collision, which authorities indicated began with a hit-and-run, occurred on the northbound 5 Freeway north of Gavin Canyon near Calgrove Boulevard. The victims’ injuries ranged from minor to moderate. The accident is under investigation.


“When a crash results in trauma, the victims may file personal injury claims against the at-fault driver in order to obtain compensation for the cost of their recoveries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Santa Clarita accounted for 4 of the 346 fatalities and 886 of the 62,881 injuries suffered by motorists in crashes that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranked Santa Clarita 25th out of 53 cities of a similar size for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes; 1st place is considered the worst.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the three people who were injured.


The Los Angeles Times originally reported this seven-vehicle crash.


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May 14, 2013

Sherman Oaks: Four Injured in 405 Freeway Crash

Shortly after 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 12, four people were injured in a crash on the 405 Freeway in Sherman Oaks. While traveling in a southbound lane, a minivan veered from the road at the 101 Freeway, crashing down an embankment and into a chain-link fence. Emergency responders transported two adults and two children to area hospitals to receive treatment for their injuries. Authorities are investigating the crash.


“When vehicle occupants suffer trauma in a crash, they may pursue compensation for the expenses associated with their recoveries by filing civil claims against the negligent driver,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Throughout Los Angeles County, 72,010 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked Los Angeles 15th out of the state’s 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury collisions that year; 1st place is considered the worst.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the four people who were injured in the crash on the 405 Freeway.


The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Sherman Oaks accident.


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May 8, 2013

Fresno: Raul Dominguez Solis and Jose Guadalupe Zermeno Killed, Five Injured in Crash

At about 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, 29-year-old Raul Dominguez Solis and 64-year-old Jose Guadalupe Zermeno were killed and five others were injured in a crash in Fresno. While traveling on Highway 99, the driver of a Ford Windstar lost control of the vehicle after the tread separated from the left rear tire, causing it to rollover. Solis and Zermeno sustained fatal trauma. Emergency responders transported five other occupants to hospitals to receive treatment for moderate injuries. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“When a motor vehicle accident results in death or injury, the victims or their surviving family members may file injury or wrongful death claims against the at-fault party in order to obtain compensation for expenses associated with their recoveries or losses,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


In 2010, 1,262 people were killed or injured in crashes that occurred in Fresno, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS compares the collision statistics of cities with populations of a similar size; those with the worst records receive the highest rankings up to 1st place. That year, Fresno ranked 13th out of 13 cities for traffic safety.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of Raul Dominguez Solis and Jose Guadalupe Zermeno. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the five people who were injured.


U-T San Diego originally reported this Fresno accident.


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May 8, 2013

Temecula: Sharina Thomason Killed in Hit-and-Run Crash

At about 3 p.m. on Monday, May 6, 27-year-old Sharina Thomason was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Temecula. While traveling westbound on Rancho California Road in a pickup truck, 63-year-old Travis Hughes Braswell ran a red light at the Town Center shopping plaza and crashed into the side of the car Thomason was driving. The impact caused Braswell’s truck to spin out and collide with a Saturn sedan. Thomason was transported to an area hospital, where she succumbed to the trauma she suffered a short time later. The driver of the Saturn did not sustain serious injuries. Braswell fled the scene on foot but was apprehended and arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter. The crash is under investigation.


“Once the driver responsible for a fatal hit-and-run accident has been caught, the family of the victim may file a wrongful death claim against him or her in order to be compensated for their loss,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Motor vehicle collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 306 people in Temecula in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Hit-and-run was a factor in six of the crashes that resulted in injury or death, with the OTS ranking Temecula 40th out of 53 cities with similarly sized populations for its incidence of such crashes; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Sharina Thomason, the woman who was killed in the hit-and-run crash.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Temecula accident.


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May 6, 2013

Fontana: Gloria Diaz Killed in Hit-and-Run Accident

At about 10:45 p.m. on Friday, May 3, 66-year-old Gloria Diaz, of Long Beach, was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Fontana. While traveling eastbound on Interstate 10, the driver of a 1995 Chevy Silverado pickup truck failed to decelerate for stopped traffic at Cherry Avenue and rear-ended the 2006 Ford Escort in which Diaz was riding. She was transported to an area hospital, where she succumbed to the trauma she suffered a short time later. The driver and passenger of the Chevy fled the scene. The CHP is investigating the crash.


“Apprehending the driver responsible for a fatal hit-and-run accident can prove crucial to the ability of the family of the victim to obtain compensation for their loss through the civil claims process,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 544 people in Fontana in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. Hit-and-run was a factor in 28 of the crashes that resulted in injury or death in the city that year. Statewide, 2,720 people were killed in collisions.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Gloria Diaz.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Fontana hit-and-run.


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May 6, 2013

Lake Elsinore: Passenger Cleopatra Turingan Killed in Rollover Crash

At about 3:40 a.m. on Sunday, May 5, 67-year-old Cleopatra Turingan, of Rowland Heights, was killed in a rollover crash in Lake Elsinore. While heading northbound on Interstate 15, the SUV in which Turingan was a passenger veered from the freeway south of the Nichols Road exit and rolled over, trapping her and the other occupant. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Emergency responders transported the other person to an area hospital to receive treatment for major trauma. The accident is under investigation.


“Passengers who suffer serious injury in a collision may hold the at-fault driver liable for the cost of their recoveries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis. “In the event that the accident proves fatal, the family of the victim may pursue a wrongful death claim against the driver.”


The California Office of Traffic Safety indicates that 168 people were killed or injured in accidents that occurred in Lake Elsinore in 2010. The OTS compares the accident data of cities with similarly sized populations, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, with 1st place being the worst. That year, Lake Elsinore ranked 64th out of 103 cities for traffic safety.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Cleopatra Turingan, the passenger who was killed in the rollover accident. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the person who was injured.


The Press-Enterprise
originally reported this Lake Elsinore crash.


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May 6, 2013

San Jacinto: Vehicle Struck, Injured Eight People

Shortly after 2 a.m. on Sunday, May 5, a vehicle struck and injured eight people in San Jacinto. While traveling northbound on Sanderson Avenue, a barbecue grill fell out of the back of a family’s vehicle north of Seventh Street. The driver stopped in the right lane in order to retrieve the grill, and another motorist traveling with the family parked in the left turn lane of southbound Sanderson to help. A vehicle heading northbound on Sanderson collided with those who were loading the grill back into their vehicle, as well as both parked vehicles. Emergency responders transported eight people to area hospitals to receive treatment for trauma ranging from minor to major. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“When an accident causes injury, the victims may file civil claims against the negligent driver in order to obtain compensation for the expenses associated with their recoveries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


In 2010, 143 people were killed or injured in collisions that occurred in San Jacinto, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Twelve of the accidents occurred between 9 p.m. and 2:59 a.m., with San Jacinto ranking 34th out of 93 similarly sized cities for nighttime collisions in an OTS rating system in which 1st place is the worst.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the eight people who were struck and injured.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this San Jacinto crash.


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May 5, 2013

Lancaster: Driver Killed, Passenger Injured in Crash

Shortly after 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 5, a driver was killed and a passenger was injured in a crash in Lancaster. While traveling westbound on East Avenue I, the male motorist swerved from the road at 35th Street East and struck a power pole. The driver was declared dead at the scene. Emergency responders transported the male passenger to an area hospital to receive treatment for major trauma. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“After a fatal or injury accident, the party determined to be at-fault may be held liable for the expenses associated with the recoveries or losses of the victims or their families,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


The California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records indicate that 1,051 people were killed or injured in collisions that occurred in Lancaster in 2010. The OTS compares the accident statistics of cities with similarly sized populations, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, with 1st place considered the worst. That year, Lancaster ranked 4th out of 53 cities for traffic safety.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the man who was killed in the crash this morning. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the man who was injured.


The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Lancaster accident.


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May 3, 2013

Ontario: Samantha Padilla Fatally Injured in Crash

At about 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, 8-year-old Samantha Padilla was fatally injured and a 5-year-old girl sustained a broken arm in a crash in Ontario. Padilla and the girl were occupants of a blue Mercury Tracer that collided with a white Ford F250 pickup truck at the intersection of Euclid and Schaefer Avenues, the impact sending the Mercury into a Chino Valley Unified School District bus. Emergency responders transported the driver of the Mercury, Padilla, the 5-year-old and two other children to the hospital. Padilla succumbed to the trauma she suffered later that day. Authorities suspect one of the vehicles ran a red light and are investigating the collision.


“After a fatal or injury crash, the victims or their families may file injury or wrongful death claims against the negligent driver in order to obtain compensation for the expenses associated with their injuries or losses,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis.


Traffic accidents killed or injured 872 people in Ontario in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. The OTS ranked Ontario 18th out of 53 cities with similarly sized populations for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes 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 Samantha Padilla. We would also like to wish a full recovery to those who were injured.


The Press-Enterprise
originally reported this Ontario collision.


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April 30, 2013

Perris: Three Injured in Truck Crash on Interstate 215

At about 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, three people were injured in a truck crash on Interstate 215 in Perris. While traveling near the D Street exit, the driver of a black GMC pickup truck collided with the k-rail on the side of the freeway, causing the vehicle to rollover. Emergency responders extricated one male occupant from the wreckage, transporting him and two others to the hospital to receive treatment for moderate trauma. The crash is under investigation.


“When vehicle occupants are injured in a collision, they may file personal injury claims against the negligent party in order to hold him or her liable for their recovery-related expenses,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 148 people in Perris in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked Perris 92nd out of 103 similarly sized cities for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the three people who were injured in the truck crash on Interstate 215.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Perris accident.


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April 30, 2013

Perris: Robert Washington Killed in Collision with Teen Driver

Shortly before midnight on Friday, April 26, 54-year-old Robert Washington, of Moreno Valley, was killed in a collision with a teen driver in Perris. While traveling westbound on 4th Street in a Ford Taurus, 18-year-old Jose Munoz veered into the opposing lane of traffic near Navajo Street, colliding head-on with the Mazda Protégé Washington was driving. Emergency responders transported Washington to an area hospital, where he later succumbed to the trauma he suffered. A female passenger in the Ford was seriously injured in the crash. Munoz sustained minor injuries. Authorities do not suspect that alcohol was a contributing factor and are investigating the accident.


“Families who lose loved ones to motor vehicle collisions may file wrongful death claims against the negligent drivers in order to hold them liable for their losses,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis.


In 2010, traffic accidents killed or injured 148 people in Perris, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Drivers under the age of 21 were involved in 6 of the crashes that resulted in injury or death in the city that year. The OTS ranked Perris 10th out of 103 similarly sized cities for its incidence of such accidents.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Robert Washington, the man who was killed in the collision with the teen driver. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the female passenger who was injured.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Perris crash.


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April 30, 2013

Riverside: Robert Blackman Jr. and Female Passenger Killed in Hit-and-Run Accident

At about 12:30 a.m. on Monday, April 29, 68-year-old Robert Blackman Jr. and a 39-year-old female passenger in his Saturn were killed in a hit-and-run accident in Riverside. While traveling westbound on 14th Street in a Chevrolet truck, 31-year-old Alex Ralph Garcia ran a stoplight at Sedgwick Avenue and collided with Blackman’s Saturn as he turned left from 14th Street. Garcia fled on foot, leaving behind an injured female passenger in the Chevy truck and the occupants of the Saturn. The female passenger of the Saturn died at the scene. Blackman was transported to an area hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later. Garcia turned himself into authorities just before 11 a.m. on Monday and was arrested on suspicion of two counts of vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run.


“Once the driver responsible for a fatal hit-and-run accident has been apprehended, the families of the victims may hold the driver liable for the expenses associated with their losses,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 1,316 people in Riverside in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. Hit-and-run was a factor in 100 of the crashes that resulted in injury or death in the city that year. Statewide, 2,720 people lost their lives in traffic accidents.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of Robert Blackman Jr. and the woman who was killed in the hit-and-run accident. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the woman who was injured.


The Press-Enterprise
originally reported this Riverside accident.


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April 30, 2013

Westwood: Woman Killed, Three Others Injured in Collision

At about 6 p.m. on Friday, April 26, a woman was killed and three people were injured in a collision in Westwood. While traveling southbound on Sepulveda Boulevard, the driver of a 2010 Ford Focus made a U-turn near Montana Avenue and was hit by a 2007 Chevrolet Suburban. The impact claimed the life of a female occupant of the Ford and injured two others in the vehicle, as well as the driver of the Chevrolet. The accident is under investigation.


“California law ensures that those who are injured or who lose loved ones in motor vehicle collisions have recourse through the civil justice system,” explained car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


The California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records indicate that 72,010 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents in Los Angeles County in 2010. Los Angeles ranked 15th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes 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 the woman who was killed in the collision. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the three people who were injured.


The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Westwood crash.


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April 26, 2013

Hollywood: Four Injured in Collision on 101 Freeway

At about 2:40 a.m. on Friday, April 26, four people were injured in a crash on the 101 Freeway in Hollywood. The collision, which involved three vehicles, occurred in southbound lanes at Hollywood Boulevard. Emergency responders had to extricate two victims from the wreckage; they suffered major trauma and were taken to an area hospital. Two other people suffered minor injuries and were also hospitalized. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.


“When motorists are injured in a collision, the at-fault driver may be held liable for the expense of their recoveries through the injury claims process,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


The California Office of Traffic Safety indicates that 72,010 people were killed or injured in crashes that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2010. The OTS ranked Los Angeles 15th out of 58 counties for the number of fatal and injury traffic accidents that occurred there that year; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the four people who were injured in the crash on the 101 Freeway.


The Los Angeles Daily News originally reported this Hollywood collision.


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April 25, 2013

San Jacinto: Two Injured in DUI Crash

At about 10 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, two people were injured in a DUI crash in San Jacinto. While traveling westbound on the Ramona Expressway in a Honda Accord, 32-year-old Paul Anthony King ran a red light and collided with two motorists. Emergency responders transported two people to area hospitals to receive treatment for their injuries. Authorities arrested King on suspicion of driving under the influence.


“Drivers who injure others while intoxicated face criminal charges and civil actions,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis, “as the state will penalize them for breaking the law and the victims will seek compensation for the cost of their recoveries.”


Traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 143 people in San Jacinto in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 20 of the crashes that resulted in injury or death in the city that year.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the two people who were injured in the DUI crash.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this San Jacinto accident.


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April 25, 2013

Barstow: Jennifer Chacon Johnson and Peter Benjamin Fotu Seriously Injured in Crash

On the afternoon of Wednesday, April 17, 22-year-old Jennifer Chacon Johnson and 24-year-old Peter Benjamin Fotu were seriously injured in a crash in Barstow. While traveling southbound on J Street in a red Ford Focus, Johnson failed to obey a stop sign at the intersection with Rimrock Road and was struck by a silver Ford Expedition heading westbound on Rimrock. The impact caused the Focus to spin out into the eastbound lane of Rimrock, where it was hit by the maroon Chevy Silverado Fotu was driving. Johnson and Fotu suffered major trauma and were airlifted to area hospitals. The driver of the Expedition, 55-year-old John Francis Weber, complained of wrist pain but declined medical attention. The accident is under investigation.


“California law ensures that those who have been injured in auto collisions have recourse through the civil justice system,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis. “Accident victims may file personal injury claims against the negligent party in order to obtain compensation for the cost of their recoveries.”


Barstow accounted for 4 of the 180 fatalities and 104 of the 11,050 injuries suffered by motorists in collisions that occurred in San Bernardino County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Traffic signs and signals were a primary collision factor in 112 of the fatal and 12,799 of the injury crashes that occurred in the state that year.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to Jennifer Chacon Johnson and Peter Benjamin Fotu, the drivers who were seriously injured in the crash.


The Desert Dispatch originally reported this Barstow accident.


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April 25, 2013

San Jose: BMW Crashed into House, Injuring Mother and Daughter

On the night of Wednesday, April 24, a BMW crashed into a house in San Jose, injuring a mother and daughter. Witnesses indicated a silver BMW was racing a red BMW near the intersection of Leigh Avenue and Anne Way; due to either a person crossing the street or a car entering the intersection, the cars collided, the impact sending the silver BMW through the front door of the home. The window of the house fell on top of a 40-year-old woman inside, causing her to suffer major trauma. Her nine-year-old daughter was pinned against a wall and some cabinets; she was also injured. According to witnesses, the teenage boys driving the vehicles are cousins who attend area high schools. Authorities are investigating the crash.


“Drivers who engage in illegal activities like street racing face fines, imprisonment, and the revocation of their licenses,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis. “In the event that others are harmed, the drivers may also be held liable for the expense of the victims’ recoveries.”


Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Seven teenagers aged 16 to 19 died every day in crashes in 2010. Teenagers in this age range are three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be involved in a fatal accident.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the mother and daughter who were injured when the BMW crashed into their house.


Abclocal.go.com originally reported this San Jose collision.


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April 25, 2013

Hesperia: Robert Miller Killed, Four Injured in Head-On Crash

At about 12:33 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, 57-year-old Robert E. Miller, of Victorville, was killed and four others were injured in a head-on crash in Hesperia. While traveling eastbound on Highway 138 in a 1991 Ford Explorer SUV, Miller veered into the opposing lane of traffic and collided with a westbound 1999 Toyota minivan. Miller was pronounced dead at the scene. Emergency responders extricated the three occupants of the minivan from the wreckage and transported them to an area hospital to receive treatment for major trauma. A passenger in the Ford was also taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. The accident is under investigation.


“When a motor vehicle collision results in serious or fatal harm, the victims or their families may pursue compensation through the civil claims process from the negligent driver for the expenses associated with their recoveries or losses,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Hesperia accounted for 5 of the 180 fatalities and 349 of the 11,050 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in crashes that occurred in San Bernardino County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Hesperia ranked 68th out of 103 cities with populations of a similar size for its incidence of fatal and injury collisions in a California Office of Traffic Safety ranking 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 Robert E. Miller. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the four people who were injured.


The Daily Press originally reported this Hesperia head-on crash.


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April 25, 2013

Riverside: Harold Stinson Killed in 91 Freeway Crash

At about 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, 56-year-old Harold Stinson, of Twin Peaks, was killed in a multiple-vehicle crash on the 91 Freeway in Riverside. The collision, which involved five vehicles, including the SUV Stinson was driving, occurred on the eastbound side of the freeway near Jackson Street. Two other people suffered minor injuries. The accident is under investigation.


“After a fatal crash, the family of the victim may file a wrongful death claim against the negligent driver in order to hold him or her liable for their loss,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis.


The city of Riverside accounted for 15 of the 164 fatalities and 1,898 of the 10,594 injuries suffered by motorists in collisions that occurred in the county in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Across the state, 2,720 people were killed in motor vehicle collisions that year.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Harold Stinson, the man who was killed in the crash on the 91 Freeway.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Riverside collision.


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April 24, 2013

Santa Ynez Valley: Bambie Ruiz Seriously Injured in Head-On Crash

Shortly before 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, 35-year-old Bambie Ruiz, of Santa Maria, was seriously injured in a head-on crash in the Santa Ynez Valley. While traveling eastbound on Highway 154 in a 2013 Nissan Sedan, 23-year-old Bhavik P. Ahir, of Brea, entered westbound lanes of traffic in an attempt to pass a vehicle and collided with Ruiz’s 2006 Chrysler. She suffered major trauma to her legs and was airlifted to an area hospital. Ahir sustained minor injuries. Authorities are investigating the accident but do not suspect that alcohol or drugs were contributing factors.


“After a crash resulting in trauma, the victims may file civil claims against the negligent driver in order to receive compensation for recovery-related expenses,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”


The California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current accident statistics indicate that 2,510 people were killed or injured in collisions in Santa Barbara County in 2010. Drivers aged 21 to 34 were involved in 108 of the collisions that resulted in injury or death in the county that year, which ranked 33rd out of 58 counties for its incidence of such accidents in an OTS rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to Bambie Ruiz, the woman who was seriously injured in the head-on crash.


The Santa Maria Times originally reported this Santa Ynez Valley collision.


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April 24, 2013

San Luis Obispo: Female Passenger Injured in DUI Crash

At about 1:15 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, a 22-year-old female passenger was injured in a DUI crash in San Luis Obispo. Twenty-five-year-old Ethan Michael Dodgen crashed into a tree near the intersection of Johnson Avenue and Orcutt Road. Emergency responders transported him and the female passenger to an area hospital to receive treatment for minor to moderate injuries. Dodgen was subsequently arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence.


“Passengers who are injured in collisions may hold the negligent driver liable for the cost of their recoveries by filing personal injury claims,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


In 2010, 292 people were killed or injured in motor vehicle crashes in San Luis Obispo, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 23 of the collisions that resulted in injury or death that year. The OTS ranked San Luis Obispo 18th out of 93 cities with populations of a similar size for its incidence of fatal and injury alcohol-related accidents.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the female passenger who was injured in the DUI crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to Ethan Michael Dodgen.


The Tribune originally reported this San Luis Obispo accident.


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April 24, 2013

Ontario: Two Men Critically Injured in Car Accident

Shortly after 5 p.m. on Friday, April 19, two men were critically injured in a car accident in Ontario. While traveling on the westbound 10 Freeway, the driver lost control of the orange compact vehicle while exiting at Holt Boulevard, struck the concrete center divider, and swerved across lanes into a tree. Emergency responders transported the driver and passenger to hospitals to receive treatment for major trauma. The accident is under investigation.


“After a car accident, those who were injured may pursue civil claims against the at-fault driver in order to be compensated for the cost of their recoveries,” explained California auto accident lawyer James Ballidis.


According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, 872 people were killed or injured in motor vehicle collisions in Ontario in 2010. The OTS ranked Ontario 18th out of 53 cities with similarly sized populations for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the two men who were critically injured in the car accident.


The Contra Costa Times originally reported this Ontario crash.


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April 24, 2013

Windsor: Passenger Andrew Chang Lost Arm in Crash

At about 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, 29-year-old passenger Andrew Chang lost his arm in a crash in Windsor. While traveling southbound on Highway 101 in a 2006 Toyota Solara, 27-year-old Zhang Huijing swerved to avoid a tarp in the road just south of Shiloh Road and slammed into a tree. The impact severed Chang’s arm from his body. Huijing sustained minor injuries. Authorities are investigating the accident; however, they do not suspect alcohol to have been a contributing factor.


“When a passenger is seriously injured in a crash, he or she may file a personal injury claim against the negligent driver in order to obtain compensation for recovery-related expenses,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”


Traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 34 people in Windsor in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. The OTS ranked Windsor 89th out of 93 cities with populations of between 25,001 and 50,000 for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish the best possible recovery to Andrew Chang, the passenger who lost his arm in the crash.


MercuryNews.com originally reported this Windsor accident.


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April 24, 2013

Aptos: Motorist Injured in DUI Crash with Sofia Grace Alpert

On the afternoon of Sunday, April 21, a male motorist was injured in a DUI crash with 23-year-old Sofia Grace Alpert in Aptos. While traveling northbound on Highway 1, Alpert lost control of the Honda, spun out, and struck the center divider before colliding with a 1991 Volvo. Emergency responders airlifted her to an area hospital to receive treatment for moderate trauma. The driver of the Volvo also suffered moderate injuries, for which he was taken to a hospital. Authorities arrested Alpert on suspicion of driving under the influence.


“Alcohol claims thousands of lives every year in the United States,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis. “Fortunately, legislation, education, and enforcement have contributed to a decreasing incidence of DUI-related deaths and injuries in recent years.”


In 2011, 32,367 people were killed in motor vehicle collisions in the U.S., the lowest incidence of fatalities since 1949, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s most current data. Alcohol-related traffic deaths declined by 2.5 percent that year, accounting for 31 percent, or 9,878, of traffic fatalities.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the motorist who was injured in the DUI crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to Sofia Grace Alpert.


The Santa Cruz Sentinel originally reported this Aptos collision.


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April 24, 2013

Oakdale: Oscar Ibarra Ran Stop Sign, Killed Motorist

Shortly before 7 a.m. on Monday, April 22, Oscar Ibarra ran a stop sign in Oakdale, killing a 42-year-old male motorist from Turlock. While traveling northbound on Bentley Road in a 2011 Jeep Compass, Ibarra failed to obey a stop sign at the intersection with Claribel Road and struck the driver side of a Toyota Corolla heading westbound on Claribel that had the right-of-way. The driver of the Toyota was killed in the impact. Authorities do not believe alcohol or drugs were contributing factors and are investigating the accident.


“When a driver’s negligence causes a fatal accident, the family of the victim may hold the driver liable for their loss by filing a wrongful death claim,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Throughout Stanislaus County, traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 3,493 people in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS compares the accident data of the state’s 58 counties, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, with 1st place being the worst. That year, Stanislaus ranked 18th for its incidence of fatal and injury collisions.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the motorist who was killed in the collision caused by the driver who ran the stop sign.


KCRA.com originally reported this Oakdale crash.


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April 23, 2013

Riverside: Girl Seriously Injured in Hit-and-Run Crash Involving Street Race

Shortly before 2 p.m. on Monday, April 22, a 5-year-old girl was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash involving a street race in Riverside. Witness accounts indicated that a black 2008 Ford Mustang was racing an orange, older model Acura Integra or Honda Prelude along Magnolia Avenue when the Ford broadsided a 2009 Chevy Malibu as it turned from Nelson Street onto Magnolia Avenue. The impact caused the girl, who was sitting in a booster seat in the left rear backseat of the Chevy, to suffer major trauma. She was taken to an area hospital. The driver of the Ford, which had been stolen shortly before the accident, fled the scene on foot. He is described as a Hispanic adult male. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the driver is asked to call Detective Rick Prince at 951-826-8722.


“After a serious hit-and-run accident, apprehending the driver can prove crucial to the ability of the victim to recover physically and financially from his or her injuries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Throughout Riverside County, 1,316 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Speed was a contributing factor to 233 of the crashes that resulted in injury or death in the city that year. Hit-and-run was a factor in 100 of the fatal and injury accidents.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the girl who was seriously injured in the crash involving the street race.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this hit-and-run accident.


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April 22, 2013

Joshua Tree: Kristin Thrawl Killed in Collision with Military Humvee

At about 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 19, 26-year-old Kristin Thrawl, of Yucca Valley, was killed in a collision with a military Humvee in Joshua Tree. While traveling eastbound on Highway 62, the driver of the Humvee veered into the traffic of the opposing lane a mile east of White Feather Road, colliding with the 2010 Ford Focus Thrawl was driving. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.


“When a driver’s negligence results in an accident that fatally harms others, the families of the victims may hold the driver liable by filing wrongful death claims,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


In 2010, 11,866 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents that occurred in San Bernardino County, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The county ranked 36th out of 58 counties in the state for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes in a California Office of Traffic Safety 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 Kristin Thrawl, the woman who was killed in the collision with the military Humvee.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Joshua Tree crash.


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April 17, 2013

Wildomar: Three Men Injured, One Seriously, in Truck Crash

Shortly before midnight on Tuesday, April 16, three men were injured, one seriously, in a truck crash in Wildomar. While traveling near La Estrella Road and Crest Meadow Drive, a white Ford F-250 pickup truck crashed into a wall and several trees, ejecting one of the occupants. He suffered major trauma and was transported to an area hospital, along with the other two men, who sustained minor injuries. Witnesses, or anyone with information about the accident, are asked to call the sheriff’s Lake Elsinore Station at 951-245-3300.


“When a crash results in trauma, the victims may hold the at-fault driver liable for the expense of their recoveries by filing personal injury claims,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


In 2010, traffic accidents killed or injured 11,417 people in Riverside County, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current statistics. The OTS compares the accident data of the state’s 58 counties, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, with 1st place considered the worst. That year, Riverside ranked 46th out 58 counties.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the three men who were injured in the Wildomar truck crash.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this accident.


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April 17, 2013

South Los Angeles: Three Killed, One Injured in Car Accident

At about 10:20 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, three people were killed and another was injured in a car accident in South Los Angeles. While traveling in the 800 block of West Manchester Avenue, the car crashed into a light pole, the impact ejecting one of the occupants and causing the vehicle to ignite into flames. The three occupants inside the car died in the fire. Witnesses indicated that another vehicle might have been involved but left the scene. Authorities suspect that the car was traveling at a high rate of speed prior to the accident and are investigating.


“After an auto accident, those who were hurt may file personal injury claims against the negligent driver,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis, “and the families of the occupants who did not survive the crash may pursue wrongful death claims.”


Throughout Los Angeles County, 72,010 people were killed or injured in collisions in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS compares the accident data of the state’s 58 counties, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, with 1st place being the worst. That year, Los Angeles ranked 15th for traffic safety.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of the three people who were killed in the car accident. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the person who was injured.


The Los Angeles Times originally reported this crash.


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April 17, 2013

Woodcrest: Three Injured in Crash

Shortly before 8 p.m. on Monday, April 15, three people were injured in a crash in the Woodcrest area of Riverside. The collision, which occurred along Wood Road near Nandina Avenue, involved two vehicles; one was reportedly wrapped around a pole. Firefighters had to extricate at least one victim from the wreckage. Emergency responders transported three people to area hospitals to receive treatment for injuries ranging from moderate to major.


“When a motor vehicle collision results in trauma, the victims may file personal injury claims against the negligent driver in order to hold him or her liable for the cost of their recoveries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Motor vehicle accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 1,316 people in 2010 in Riverside, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. The OTS ranked Riverside 8th out of 13 cities with similarly sized populations for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the three people who were injured in the crash in Woodcrest.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this accident.


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April 15, 2013

Palmdale: 13-Year-Old Boy Killed in DUI Crash

At about 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, a 13-year-old boy was killed and three others were injured in a DUI crash in Palmdale. While traveling northbound on the 14 Freeway in a 2007 Saturn ION, 28-year-old Peter Ramirez IV lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a dirt embankment. The car ended up on its left side. Emergency responders transported Ramirez, 21-year-old Matthew Tucker, the 13-year-old boy, and a 2-year-old girl to an area hospital. The boy was declared dead at the hospital. Authorities suspect that alcohol contributed to the accident and arrested Ramirez. The crash is under investigation.


“When a family loses a loved one to a drunk driver, they may hold the driver liable through the wrongful death claims process,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis.


Palmdale accounted for 4 of the 346 fatalities and 805 of the 62,881 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in crashes that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 49 of the collisions that resulted in fatality or injury in the city that year.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the 13-year-old boy who was killed in the DUI crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the three people who were injured.


The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Palmdale collision.


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April 11, 2013

Bakersfield: Elaine Castaneda Seriously Injured in Collision

Shortly before 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, 26-year-old Elaine Castaneda was seriously injured in a collision in Bakersfield. While traveling westbound on 21st Street in a 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck, 19-year-old Mary Ward turned left in front of a Jeep near Oak Street. While neither Ward, nor the driver of the Jeep, 34-year-old Alfredo Feliz, were injured in the crash, a passenger in the Jeep, 26-year-old Elaine Castaneda, sustained major trauma to her right leg. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“Passengers who are injured in motor vehicle collisions may file personal injury claims against the at-fault drivers in order to be compensated for the expense of their recoveries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Traffic collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 1,343 people in Bakersfield in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current statistics. The OTS ranked Bakersfield 11th out of 13 cities with similarly sized populations for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to Elaine Castaneda, the passenger who was seriously injured in the collision in Bakersfield.


The Bakersfield Californian
originally reported this crash.


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April 11, 2013

Costa Mesa: Oscar Alaniz Killed in Collision while Riding Scooter

At about 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, 35-year-old Oscar Alaniz, of Orange, was killed in a collision with a Jaguar while riding a scooter in Costa Mesa. Witnesses indicated that Alaniz entered the intersection of Superior Avenue and Industrial Way on a green light and was hit by a left-turning Jaguar. He was transported to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, where he succumbed to his injuries an hour later. Police interviewed the 98-year-old woman who was driving the Jaguar. They asked that witnesses, or anyone with information about the accident, contact Costa Mesa traffic officer Daren Wood at 714-754-5264.


“After a fatal accident, the family of the victim may hold the negligent party liable for their loss by filing a wrongful death claim,” explained Orange County injury lawyer James Ballidis.


Costa Mesa accounted for 4 of the 106 fatalities and 991 of the 19,043 injuries suffered in traffic accidents that occurred in Orange County in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Statewide, traffic fatalities increased 2.6 percent, from 2,720 in 2010 to 2,791 in 2011.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Oscar Alaniz, the man who was killed in the collision while riding a scooter.


The Orange County Register originally reported this Costa Mesa accident.


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April 5, 2013

Beaumont: Gustavo Sanchez Killed in Collision with Wrong-Way Driver

At about 1:22 a.m. on Sunday, March 31, 45-year-old Gustavo Sanchez was killed in a collision with a wrong-way driver in Beaumont. While traveling on the eastbound Interstate 10 in a 2003 GMC Sierra pickup, Sanchez was struck head-on by a westbound 2012 Toyota TC. Sanchez, and the driver of the Toyota, 23-year-old Francisco Hernandez, were killed in the fiery crash. Authorities indicated that Hernandez was fleeing the scene of a previous collision when he collided with Sanchez. The accident is under investigation.


“When a motorist is killed in a collision, his or her family may file a wrongful death claim against the negligent party in order to be compensated for their loss,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


In 2010, 50 people were killed or injured in crashes that occurred in Beaumont, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. Nighttime collisions—those occurring between 9 p.m. and 2:59 a.m.—accounted for one of the accidents that resulted in injury or death in the city that year.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Gustavo Sanchez, the man who was killed in the collision with the wrong-way driver.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Beaumont crash.


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April 4, 2013

Anaheim: Truck Struck, Killed Woman Riding Scooter

Shortly after 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, a pickup truck struck and killed a woman riding a motorized scooter in Anaheim. The white Chevrolet pickup was traveling south on Euclid Street when it collided with the woman, who was also riding south in the Number 1 lane at the time, near Crone Avenue. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver is cooperating with authorities in their investigation of the accident.


“After a fatal accident, the negligent party may be held liable for the loss suffered by the family of the victim,” explained an Orange County injury lawyer.


Traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 2,229 people in Anaheim in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS compares the traffic statistics of cities with similarly sized populations, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, with 1st place considered the worst. That year, Anaheim ranked 3rd out of 13 cities with populations over 250,000 for its incidence of fatal and injury accidents.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the woman who was struck and killed while riding the scooter.


The Orange County Register originally reported this Anaheim accident.


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April 4, 2013

Laguna Beach: Armando Garcia-Gonzalez and Alberto Casique-Salinas Killed in Collision with Tesla

Shortly after 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2, 38-year-old Armando Garcia-Gonzalez, of Santa Ana, and 47-year-old Alberto Casique-Salinas, of Anaheim, were killed in a head-on collision with a Tesla in Laguna Beach. While traveling northbound on Laguna Canyon Road, the driver of the Tesla swerved into the southbound lane between the 73 Toll Road and El Toro Road, colliding with their vehicle. Garcia-Gonzalez and Casique-Salinas were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Emergency responders transported the driver of the Tesla to an area hospital to receive treatment for minor injuries. Authorities are investigating the crash.


“When a family loses a member to a motor vehicle collision, they may file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver in order to hold him or her liable and to be compensated for their loss,” explained an auto accident lawyer in Orange County.


Laguna Beach accounted for none of the 71 fatalities and 156 of the 17,031 injuries suffered by motorists in crashes that occurred in Orange County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranked Orange County 26th out of the state’s 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury collisions in a ranking 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 families of Armando Garcia-Gonzalez and Alberto Casique-Salinas, the two men who were killed in the collision with the Tesla.


The Orange County Register originally reported this Laguna Beach crash.


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April 3, 2013

San Marcos: Maria Guadalupe Vargas Lopez Killed in Collision with Suicidal Driver

At about 3 a.m. on Monday, April 1, 38-year-old Maria Guadalupe Vargas Lopez was killed in a collision with a suicidal driver in San Marcos. Forty-eight-year-old Yi Liu intentionally drove the wrong direction on Highway 78, crashing her 1997 Nissan Maxima head-on into the 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Vargas Lopez was driving. Both women were taken to an area hospital, where they were pronounced dead. The accident is under investigation.


“When a family loses a loved one to a motor vehicle collision, they may file a wrongful death claim against the negligent driver in order to be compensated for their loss,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis.


Motor vehicle accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 208 people in San Marcos in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Twenty-two of the crashes that resulted in injury or death occurred between 9 p.m. and 2:59 a.m., with San Marcos ranking 61st out of 103 cities with similarly sized populations for its incidence of nighttime collisions; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Maria Guadalupe Vargas Lopez, the woman who was killed in the collision with the suicidal driver. We would also like to offer our condolences to the family of Yi Liu.


Fox5sandiego.com originally reported this San Marcos crash.


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April 3, 2013

Bakersfield: Earnis Stewart and Thomas Lee Pace Injured in Collision with Impaired Driver

On Tuesday, April 2, 94-year-old Earnis Stewart and 55-year-old Thomas Lee Pace were injured in a collision with an impaired driver in Bakersfield. While traveling in the 1900 block of Alta Vista Drive, 59-year-old Nancy Ann Byington veered across the opposing lane of traffic and crashed into the parked vehicle in which Stewart and Pace were sitting. Emergency responders transported them to area hospitals, Pace for an evaluation and Stewart to receive treatment for moderate trauma. Byington sustained minor injuries and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs.


“Those who are injured in collisions with impaired drivers may file personal injury claims in order to obtain compensation for the expense of their recoveries,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”


In the United States, nearly 30 lives are lost every day in motor vehicle crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drugs other than alcohol are a contributing factor to 18 percent of driver deaths. In many cases, such crashes can be attributed to a combination of alcohol and drugs.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to Thomas Lee Pace and Earnis Stewart.


Bakersfieldnow.com originally reported this crash.


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April 1, 2013

Beaumont: Wrong-Way Driver Caused Deadly Head-On Collision

At about 1:22 a.m. on Sunday, March 31, a wrong-way driver caused a deadly head-on collision in Beaumont. Twenty-three-year-old Francisco Hernandez fled the scene of an accident in a 2012 Toyota TC, heading westbound in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10. About a half-mile east of Brookside Avenue, Hernandez crashed into a 2004 GMC Sierra pickup, the impact causing the truck to burst into flames. The driver, a 45-year-old man from Beaumont, was killed in the crash, as was Hernandez. A third person was seriously injured. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“After a fatal motor vehicle collision, the families of the victims may hold the negligent party liable through the wrongful death claims process,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Fifty of the collisions that occurred in Beaumont in 2010 resulted in injury or death, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Statewide, traffic fatalities increased 2.6 percent, from 2,720 in 2010 to 2,791 in 2011—which was still one of the lowest levels since the government began recording traffic fatalities in 1975.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of the two men who were killed in the head-on collision. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the person who was injured.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Beaumont accident.


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April 1, 2013

Nevada: Genaro Fernandez, Raudel Fernandez-Avila, Belen Fernandez, Leonardo Fernandez-Avila, and Angela Sandoval Killed in Collision with Drunk Driver

Shortly before 3 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, five people from Southern California were killed and two others were seriously injured in a collision with a suspected drunk driver in Nevada. Eighteen-year-old Jean Soriano was traveling on Interstate 15 in a Dodge Durango when he rear-ended a Chevy Astro van, the impact causing it to spin around and roll over. Genaro Fernandez, 41, Raudel Fernandez-Avila, 49, Belen Fernandez, 53, Leonardo Fernandez-Avila, 45, and Angela Sandoval, 13, all occupants of the van, suffered fatal trauma. Emergency responders transported two other occupants of the van to a hospital to receive treatment for major injuries. Soriano was also taken to a hospital and, upon his release, arrested on seven counts of driving under the influence, driving without a license, and failing to reduce speed.


“After a fatal collision, the families of the victims may file wrongful death claims against the negligent driver in order to hold him or her liable for their losses,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis.


Nationwide, 32,367 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2011, 1.9 percent fewer than the 32,999 people who lost their lives in 2010, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The number of alcohol-related traffic deaths declined 2.5 percent in 2011, with the NHTSA recording 9,878 fatalities, accounting for 31 percent of overall traffic fatalities.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of Genaro Fernandez, Raudel Fernandez-Avila, Belen Fernandez, Leonardo Fernandez-Avila, and Angela Sandoval. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the two people who were injured.


The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Nevada accident.


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March 22, 2013

Alhambra: Passenger Hsueh Wang Killed in DUI Crash

At about 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, 48-year-old Hsueh Wang was killed in a DUI crash in Alhambra. Thirty-three-year-old Alejandro Traslavina struck the sport utility vehicle in which Wang was a backseat passenger on Garfield Avenue under Interstate 10. Wang was pronounced dead at the scene. The female driver of the SUV and another passenger were taken to area hospitals. Traslavina was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and felony driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Authorities are investigating the crash and have requested that witnesses contact investigators with the Alhambra Police Department at 626-570-5151 or 626-570-5162.


“When a family loses a loved one to a motor vehicle collision, they may file a wrongful death claim against the negligent driver in order to obtain compensation for their loss,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Alhambra accounted for 2 of the 346 fatalities and 463 of the 62,881 injuries suffered in motor vehicle collisions in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 35 of the crashes that resulted in injury or death in the city that year.

The Southwest Riverside News Network originally reported this Alhambra collision.


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March 22, 2013

Los Banos: Fernando Buenrostro Jr. Killed in Hit-and-Run Accident

At about 7:41 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, 18-year-old Fernando Buenrostro Jr. was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Los Banos. Twenty-three-year-old Jesse Ryan Fuentes struck Buenrostro, who was riding a motorized scooter at the time, near the intersection of Cardinal Street and Fairmont Drive and then fled the scene. Emergency responders airlifted Buenrostro to a hospital in Modesto, where he succumbed to his injuries the following morning. Authorities located the vehicle involved in the accident, a white 2001 Ford F-150 pickup truck, and arrested Fuentes on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and driving on a suspended license.


“Once the driver responsible for a fatal hit-and-run accident has been arrested, the family of the victim may pursue a wrongful death claim against him or her in order to be compensated for their loss,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.


Los Banos accounted for none of the 31 fatalities and 110 of the 1,803 injuries suffered in traffic accidents that occurred in Merced in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Hit-and-run was a factor in 8 of the collisions that resulted in injury or death in the city that year.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Fernando Buenrostro Jr., the man who was killed in the hit-and-run accident.


The Merced Sun-Star originally reported this Los Banos crash.


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March 19, 2013

Bakersfield: Severo Ramirez and Leonel Del Toro Killed in Collision with SUV

At about 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, 31-year-old Severo Ramirez and 33-year-old Leonel Del Toro were killed in a collision with an SUV in Bakersfield. While traveling near the intersection of Columbus Street and University Avenue, 35-year-old Felicitas Mendoza broadsided the vehicle in which Ramirez and Del Toro were occupants. Emergency responders transported Mendoza and her two children to an area hospital. Authorities are investigating the accident and have requested that witnesses call 661-327-7111.


“The victims of motor vehicle collisions and their families have recourse through the civil justice system,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis. “Those who were injured may file personal injury claims against the at-fault driver in order to be compensated for their losses. Families who have lost loved ones may pursue wrongful death claims against the negligent driver.”


The California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records indicate that 1,343 people were killed or injured in crashes that occurred in Bakersfield in 2010. Statewide, 2,791 people lost their lives in traffic accidents in 2011, a 2.6 percent increase from 2010.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of Severo Ramirez and Leonel Del Toro, the two men who were killed in the collision with the SUV.


www.kget.com originally reported this Bakersfield crash.


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March 19, 2013

San Diego: Alisa, Jayden, Logan, and Taylor Cunningham Injured in Collision with Wrong-Way Driver

Shortly after 9 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, Alisa Cunningham and her three children, Taylor, Jayden, and Logan, were seriously injured in a head-on collision with a wrong-way driver on State Route 52. While traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of SR 52, 30-year-old Matthew Leonardo crashed into the family’s minivan east of Santo Road in Tierrasanta. Emergency responders transported the Cunninghams to the hospital to receive treatment for major trauma. Leonardo was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities suspect alcohol was a factor in the crash and are investigating.


“California law ensures the rights of motorists to seek compensation for recovery-related expenses from negligent drivers following collisions,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”


Crashes claimed the lives of or caused injury to 17,889 people in San Diego County in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. Alcohol was a factor in 2,190 of the collisions that resulted in injury or death. Drivers between the ages of 21 and 34 were involved in 816 of the fatal and injury accidents.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to Alisa, Jayden, Logan, and Taylor Cunningham, the family who was injured in the head-on collision with the wrong-way driver.

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March 19, 2013

Menifee: Two Injured in Crash Involving Tree

At about 4:20 p.m. on Friday, March 15, two people were injured in a crash in Menifee. While traveling near the intersection of Menifee Road and Mountain Avenue, a motorist lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a tree. Emergency responders transported the driver and a passenger to an area hospital to receive treatment for moderate trauma. The accident is under investigation.

“When a crash results in injuries, the victims may file personal injury claims against the negligent driver in order to hold him or her liable for the expenses associated with their recoveries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.

Menifee accounted for 5 of the 164 fatalities and 239 of the 10,594 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in collisions that occurred in Riverside County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranked Riverside County 46th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the two people who were injured in the crash involving the tree in Menifee.

Additional information on the injury claims process is available to the public free of charge through our office.

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March 18, 2013

Pasadena: Several Injured in 134 Freeway Collision

At about 6:45 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, several people were injured in a collision on the 134 Freeway in Pasadena. The crash occurred on the eastbound side of the freeway near Orange Grove Boulevard, causing one vehicle to ignite into flames while occupants were trapped inside and another to overturn multiple times. The accident is under investigation.


“When a motorist’s negligence causes a crash resulting in injuries, the victims may file personal injury claims in order to receive compensation for the expense of their recoveries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”


Pasadena accounted for 4 of the 346 fatalities and 1,124 of the 62,881 injuries suffered in crashes that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety compares the accident statistics of cities with similarly sized populations, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, with 1st place considered the worst. That year, Pasadena ranked 1st out of 53 cities for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to those who were injured in the 134 Freeway collision.


The San Gabriel Valley Tribune originally reported this Pasadena crash.


Resources for accident victims and their families, such as books and articles on the injury and the wrongful death claims process, are available to the public free of charge through our office.


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March 18, 2013

South Los Angeles: Passenger Xinhai Huang Killed in DUI Crash

At about 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 17, 22-year-old USC student Xinhai Huang was killed in a DUI crash in South Los Angeles. While traveling westbound on Hyde Park Boulevard in a Ford Explorer, a woman in her early 20s failed to stop for a red light at the intersection with West Boulevard and broadsided a Ford Mustang. Huang, who was sitting on the passenger side of the Mustang, was killed in the impact. Authorities suspect that alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash.


When a passenger is killed in a crash, his or her family may pursue a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver in order to be compensated for their loss,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis.


Throughout Los Angeles County, traffic accidents claimed the lives of 105 passengers and caused injury to another 20,620, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. California’s incidence of traffic fatalities increased 2.6 percent, from 2,720 in 2010 to 2,791 in 2011.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Xinhai Huang.


The Los Angeles Times originally reported this DUI crash.


Resources for accident victims and their families, such as books and articles on the injury and the wrongful death claims process, are available to the public free of charge through our office.


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March 18, 2013

Long Beach: 710 Freeway Collision Claimed Two Lives

At about 3 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, a collision on the 710 Freeway in Long Beach claimed the lives of two people. The accident, which involved multiple vehicles, including a taxi, occurred on the southbound side of the freeway near the Del Amo Boulevard exit. One of the victims may have been ejected from one of the vehicles. Authorities are investigating the crash.


“In California, when a family loses a loved one to a motor vehicle collision, they may file a wrongful death claim in order to hold the negligent party liable for their loss,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Long Beach accounted for 19 of the 346 fatalities and 1,986 of the 62,881 injuries suffered in crashes that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Of the crashes that occurred between 9 p.m. and 2:59 a.m. in the city that year, 177 resulted in injury or death.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of the two people who were killed in the collision on the 710 Freeway.


The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Long Beach crash.


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March 16, 2013

Napa: Driver Ran Red Light, Injuring Sidney Lierle

At about 3 a.m. on Tuesday, March 12, a driver ran a red light in Napa, causing the crash that injured 43-year-old motorist Sidney Lierle, of Clearlake. While traveling southbound on Highway 29, 36-year-old Timothy Winget, of Suisun City, failed to stop for a red light at Jameson Canyon Road, entered the intersection, and turned east in front of Lierle. Emergency responders transported the two drivers to an area hospital to receive treatment for the trauma they suffered. Authorities arrested Winget on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.


“Drivers who operate motor vehicles while intoxicated and harm others face criminal charges and civil actions,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis, “as the state will penalize them for violating its laws and the victims will hold them liable for expenses associated with their recoveries.”


The city of Napa accounted for 1 of the 9 fatalities and 301 of the 808 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in crashes that occurred in the county in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 54 of the accidents that resulted in injury or death in the city that year.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to Sidney Lierle, the motorist who was injured in the collision with the driver who ran a red light.


The Napa Valley Register originally reported this crash.


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March 15, 2013

Green Acres: Pedestrian Thomas Fletcher Jr. Killed in Hit-and-Run Accident

At about 5:20 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13, 65-year-old pedestrian Thomas Fletcher Jr. was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Green Acres. The driver of a silver vehicle traveling westbound on Highway 74 struck Fletcher as he traversed the road’s intersection with Highway 79. The CHP is investigating the accident and has requested that witnesses, or anyone with information, contact the Banning office at 951-769-2000.


“Apprehending the driver responsible for a fatal hit-and-run accident in many cases is crucial to the victim’s family’s ability to file a wrongful death claim and be compensated for their loss,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.


In Riverside County, traffic accidents claimed the lives of 31 pedestrians and injured another 370 in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Hit-and-run was a factor in 528 of the accidents that resulted in injury or death in the county that year.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Thomas Fletcher Jr.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Green Acres hit-and-run accident.


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March 15, 2013

Newberry Springs: Teenager Jared Fair Killed in Rear-End Collision

At about 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, 13-year-old Jared Fair, of Bakersfield, was killed in a rear-end collision near Newberry Springs. While traveling southbound on Interstate 15, the driver of a truck failed to decelerate for traffic and slammed into the Toyota Camry in which Fair was riding. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.


“Drivers whose negligence results in fatal motor vehicle collisions may be held liable by the families of the victims,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis. “In many cases, the family will file a wrongful death claim against the negligent driver.”


The California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records indicate that traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 11,866 people in San Bernardino in 2010. The OTS ranked San Bernardino 36th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes that year; 1st place is considered the worst possible ranking. Statewide, 2,720 people lost their lives in traffic accidents.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Jared Fair, the teenager who was killed in the rear-end collision.


www.bakersfieldnow.com originally reported this Newberry Springs crash.


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March 15, 2013

Thousand Palms: Four Injured in Multiple-Vehicle Collision

At about 10:35 a.m. on Monday, March 11, four people were injured in a multiple-vehicle collision in Thousand Palms. The crash, which involved three cars, occurred on eastbound Interstate 10 near Bob Hope Drive. The impact caused a fire in one of the vehicles and, consequently, one of its occupants to sustain moderate burns. The victim was transported to an area hospital, as were three others who suffered minor injuries. Authorities are investigating the crash.


“After a motor vehicle crash, the victims may seek compensation for the expense of their recoveries through the civil claims process,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


In 2010, the California Office of Traffic Safety recorded 11,417 collisions that resulted in injury or death in Riverside County. The OTS ranked Riverside 46th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the four people who were injured in the multiple-vehicle collision.


www.mydesert.com originally reported this Thousand Palms accident.


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March 15, 2013

Marin-Sonoma Border: Joy Weiss Killed, Davinder Singh, Charan Singh, and Gaurav Saxena Injured in Truck Crash

At about 2:15 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13, 31-year-old Joy Weiss was killed and Davinder Singh, Charan Singh, and Gaurav Saxena were seriously injured in a truck crash near the border of Marin and Sonoma counties. While traveling on Highway 101 near San Antonio Road in a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck, Weiss drifted toward the center divider; when she overcorrected to the right, she veered from the road. The truck rolled 15 feet down a ditch, landing on its wheels in a cattle-crossing area under the highway. She was declared dead at the scene. The three male passengers were transported to area hospitals, two of them to receive treatment for major trauma. Authorities do not suspect that alcohol was a factor in the accident and are investigating.


“After an crash causing injury or death, the party responsible for the accident may be held civilly liable for the expense of the victims’ recoveries or of their families’ losses,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis.


Throughout Marin County, 1,212 people lost their lives or were injured in motor vehicle collisions that occurred in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. In Sonoma County, 2,779 accidents resulted in injury or death that year.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Joy Weiss, the driver who was killed in the truck crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to Davinder Singh, Charan Singh, and Gaurav Saxena, the passengers who were injured.


SanRafaelPatch.com originally reported this Marin-Sonoma border accident.


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March 12, 2013

Long Beach: Passenger Teresa Davis Killed in Crash

In the early morning hours of Sunday, March 10, 46-year-old Teresa Davis was killed in a crash in Long Beach. While traveling near the intersection of Long Beach Boulevard and 56th Street in a 2012 Ford Fusion, 39-year-old Darrell Childs swerved onto a parkway, colliding with a light post, a fire hydrant, and a traffic signal pole. Davis, a passenger in the vehicle, was declared dead at the scene. Paramedics transported Childs to an area hospital. Authorities are investigating the accident and have asked witnesses, or anyone with information, to contact the LBPD Accident Investigations Detective Richard Birdsall at 562-570-7355.


“When a family loses a loved one to a motor vehicle collision, they may file a wrongful death claim against the negligent driver in order to hold him or her liable for their loss,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Long Beach accounted for 7 of the 105 deaths and 680 of the 20,620 injuries suffered by passengers in crashes that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Long Beach ranked 9th out of 13 cities with similarly sized populations for its incidence of fatal and injury collisions in a California Office of Traffic Safety 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 Teresa Davis, the passenger who was killed in the crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to Darrell Childs, the driver who was injured.


www.lbreport.com originally reported this Long Beach accident.


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March 12, 2013

San Bernardino: Three Injured in Crash Involving School Bus

Shortly after 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 8, three people were injured in a crash involving a school bus in San Bernardino. While traveling at a high rate of speed near the intersection of 20th and California streets, the male driver of a Jeep sport utility vehicle collided with a small school bus before rolling over and crashing into two parked cars. The 40-year-old female driver of the bus sustained moderate trauma from the impact. No children were on the bus at the time. Emergency responders had to extricate the driver of the Jeep and his female passenger, both in their 70s, from the wreckage. They suffered injuries ranging from moderate to major. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“Vehicle occupants who suffer trauma in an auto collision may file personal injury claims against the negligent driver in order to receive compensation for the expense of their recoveries,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”


In 2010, 1,101 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents that occurred in San Bernardino, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current statistics. The OTS ranked San Bernardino 19th out of 53 cities with populations of a similar size for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the three people who were injured in the crash involving the school bus.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this San Bernardino collision.


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March 12, 2013

Sylmar: Four Injured in 210 Freeway Crash Involving Semi

At about 7 p.m. on Monday, March 11, four people were injured in a crash involving a semi, a Prius, and an SUV on the 210 Freeway in Sylmar. The five-vehicle collision occurred on the westbound side of the freeway near the Interstate 5. Paramedics transported the four vehicle occupants to area hospitals. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“When motor vehicle occupants are injured in a collision, they may file personal injury claims in order to hold the negligent driver liable for the expense of their recoveries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Throughout Los Angeles County, 72,010 people were killed or injured in crashes in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. The OTS ranked Los Angeles 15th out of 58 counties for its incidence of accidents in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst. Large trucks were involved in 47 of the fatal and 1,535 of the injury accidents that occurred in the county that year.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the four people who were injured in the crash involving the semi.


The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Sylmar accident.


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March 11, 2013

Wildomar: One Killed, Another Seriously Injured in Collision

At about 4:45 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, one person was killed and another was seriously injured in a collision in Wildomar. The two-vehicle crash occurred at the intersection of Monte Vista Drive and Bundy Canyon Road. One of the victims had to be extricated from the wreckage. Emergency responders pronounced one person dead at the scene and transported another to an area hospital to receive treatment for major trauma. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“The victims of auto collisions and their families have recourse through the civil justice system," explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis. “Those who were injured may file personal injury claims in order to obtain compensation for the expense of their recoveries. The families of victims who did not survive the crash may file wrongful death claims against the negligent driver in order to hold him or her accountable for their loss.”


Wildomar accounted for none of the 164 fatalities and 77 of the 10,594 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in crashes that occurred in Riverside County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranked Riverside County 46th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes 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 the person who was killed in the collision. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the person who was injured.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Wildomar crash.


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March 11, 2013

Glendale: Female Passenger Killed in Rollover Accident

At about 2:15 a.m. on Saturday, March 9, a 45-year-old female passenger was killed in a rollover accident in Glendale. While traveling on the 134 Freeway, the sport utility vehicle in which she was an occupant overturned near the Pacific Avenue exit and slammed into a tree. Emergency responders transported the 45-year-old driver of the SUV to an area hospital for his injuries. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“When a passenger is killed in a crash, his or her family may hold the at-fault driver liable for their loss by filing a wrongful death claim,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis.


Glendale accounted for 1 of the 105 fatalities and 270 of the 20,620 injuries suffered by passengers in collisions that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Statewide, traffic fatalities increased 2.6 percent, from 2,720 in 2010 to 2,791 in 2011.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the female passenger who was killed in the rollover accident.


The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Glendale crash.


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March 11, 2013

Los Angeles: Driver Intentionally Struck, Seriously Injured Two Men

At about 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 10, a driver intentionally struck two men in downtown Los Angeles, inflicting them with serious injury. The incident was triggered by a fight between the men at Sam’s Hofbrau, located in the 900 block of Olympic Boulevard. As the altercation continued in the parking lot for the business, one of the men, 40-year-old Terrence Conrad Meeks, drove his white BMW into the other two men, who were standing in front of their vehicle at the time. Paramedics transported the men to an area hospital, where doctors indicated one man would require the amputation of both legs above the knee and the other would lose his right leg. Authorities arrested Meeks on suspicion of attempted manslaughter and driving under the influence.


“When a motorist harms others intentionally, he or she will face criminal charges from the state for violating its laws and civil claims from the victims, who may, under California law, seek compensation for damages resulting from the motorist’s actions,” explained James Ballidis, a personal injury lawyer in the state.


Traffic accidents claimed the lives of 568 people and caused injury to another 71,866 in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 197 of the fatal and 4,359 of the injury accidents that occurred in the county that year.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish the two men who were struck and seriously injured the best possible recovery.


The Los Angeles Times originally reported this incident.


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March 8, 2013

Clairemont: Three Teens Seriously Injured in Crash

At about 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, three teens were seriously injured in a crash in Clairemont. While traveling eastbound on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, an 18-year-old driver lost control of a vehicle carrying three other teenagers and collided with another car, the impact causing three occupants in the first vehicle to suffer major trauma. The driver of the second vehicle sustained minor injuries. Emergency responders transported all four victims to the hospital.


“After a motor vehicle collision, those who were injured may hold the negligent driver responsible for the cost of their recoveries,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”


The California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records indicate that 17,889 people were killed or injured in motor vehicle collisions in San Diego County in 2010. Drivers under the age of 21 were involved in 164 of the crashes that resulted in injury or death in the county that year. Studies have shown that a teen driver’s risk of crashing can increase with the number of teenage passengers in the vehicle.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the three teens who were seriously injured in the accident. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the other motorist who was hurt.


www.cbs8.com originally reported this Clairemont collision.


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March 8, 2013

Sun Valley: One Killed, Three Injured in Multiple-Vehicle Collision

At about 7:45 a.m. on Thursday, March 7, one person was killed and three others were injured in a multiple-vehicle collision in Sun Valley. While traveling westbound in the 8300 block of La Tuna Canyon Road, a motorist lost control on the slick roadway and swerved into the opposing lane of traffic, colliding with two vehicles. Emergency responders pronounced one of the vehicle occupants dead at the scene. Three victims were transported to area hospitals, their trauma ranging from moderate to major. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“The victims of motor vehicle collisions may seek compensation for recovery-related expenses by filing personal injury claims against the at-fault driver,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis. “In the event that the accident proves fatal, the family of the victim may pursue a wrongful death claim against the negligent driver.”


In 2010, the California Office of Traffic Safety recorded 72,010 collisions that resulted in injury or death in Los Angeles County. The OTS ranked Los Angeles 15th out of the state’s 58 counties for the number of fatal and injury accidents that occurred there that year; 1st place is the worst possible ranking. Statewide, 2,720 people lost their lives in crashes.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the person who was killed in the multiple-vehicle collision. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the three people who were injured.


The Los Angeles Daily News originally reported this Sun Valley accident.


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March 8, 2013

Bellflower: Two Women Seriously Injured in Crash

At about 9:15 p.m. on Sunday, March 3, two women were seriously injured in a crash in Bellflower. While traveling westbound on the 91 Freeway, the female driver veered from the road. She and her female passenger were ejected from the car. Emergency responders transported them to an area hospital to receive treatment for major trauma. The CHP is investigating the possibility that another vehicle caused the woman’s car to leave the freeway.


“After a crash causing injury, the victims may file personal injury claims against the negligent driver in order to pursue compensation for the cost of their recoveries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Bellflower accounted for 1 of the 346 fatalities and 346 of the 62,881 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in crashes that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety compares the accident data of cities with populations of a similar size, ranking those with the poorest records the highest, with 1st place being the worst. That year, Bellflower ranked 39th out of 103 cities for its incidence of fatal and injury collisions.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the two women who were seriously injured in the crash.


The Long Beach Press-Telegram originally reported this Bellflower accident.


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March 8, 2013

Fremont: BMW Driver Seriously Injured in Collision with SUV

Shortly before 5:35 a.m. on Wednesday, March 6, the driver of a BMW was seriously injured in a collision with an SUV in Fremont. While traveling southbound on Mission Boulevard in a Ford Explorer, a male driver in his early 50s failed to stop for a red light at the intersection with Driscol Road and broadsided the BMW. Emergency responders extricated the driver of the BMW, a man in his late 50s, from the wreckage and transported him to an area hospital to receive treatment for major trauma. Authorities are investigating the crash.


“When a motor vehicle collision causes serious injury, the driver determined to be at-fault for the crash may be held civilly liable for the expense of the victims’ recoveries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 528 people in Fremont in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Traffic signals or signs were a primary collision factor in 112 of the fatal and 12,799 of the injury crashes that occurred in the state that year, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the driver of the BMW who was seriously injured in the collision with the SUV.


MercuryNews.com originally reported this crash.


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March 8, 2013

Lake Mathews: Juan Velazquez Killed, Refugio Garcia, Blanca Garcia, and Three Minors Injured in Crash

At about 3:35 a.m. on Sunday, March 3, 69-year-old Juan Velazquez, of San Jacinto, was killed and 39-year-old Refugio Garcia, 38-year-old Blanca Garcia, and three minors were injured in a crash near Lake Mathews. While traveling on Cajalco Road in a 2007 Toyota Yaris, Velazquez veered into the opposing lane of traffic east of Gavilan Road, colliding head-on with a 1994 Chevrolet Silverado. Velazquez was pronounced dead at the scene. Refugio, the driver of the Chevrolet, and two teenage female passengers, ages 13 and 14, suffered major trauma and were transported to area hospitals. Blanca Garcia, also a passenger in the Chevrolet, and a 15-year-old boy in the Toyota sustained minor injuries. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“State law ensures recourse through the civil justice system for those who have been injured or lost loved ones in traffic accidents,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis. “In many cases, the victims or their families will file personal injury or wrongful death claims against the negligent driver.”


Throughout Riverside County, motor vehicle collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 11,417 people in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. Crashes occurring between the hours of 9 p.m. and 2:59 a.m. accounted for 1,076 of the fatalities and injuries.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Juan Velazquez, the motorist who was killed in the crash near Lake Mathews. We would also like to wish a full recovery to Refugio Garcia, Blanca Garcia, and the three minors who were injured.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this collision.


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March 4, 2013

Palm Springs: Three Killed, One Seriously Injured in Head-On Collision

At about 10 p.m. on Sunday, March 3, three people were killed and one was seriously injured in a head-on collision in Palm Springs. While traveling northbound on Gene Autry Trail between Via Escuela and Interstate 10, the driver of a 2004 Chevrolet Impala veered into opposing lanes of traffic and collided with a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The impact proved fatal for the driver and the passenger of the Chevrolet. Emergency medical personnel transported the driver and passenger of the Chrysler to an area hospital, where the driver died and the passenger received treatment for major trauma. Witnesses, or anyone with information about the accident, are asked to call 760-323-8116.


“After a fatal collision, the negligent driver may be held liable for the injuries or losses suffered by the victims or their families through the civil claims process,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Traffic accidents claimed the lives of 425 people in Palm Springs in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked Palm Springs 3rd out of 93 cities with populations ranging in size from 25,001 to 50,000 residents for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of the three people who were killed in the head-on collision. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the person who was injured.


www.mydesert.com originally reported this Palm Springs accident.


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March 4, 2013

Indio: Teen Passenger Victor Regalado Killed in DUI Crash

At about 4 a.m. on Sunday, March 3, teen passenger Victor Regalado was killed in a DUI crash in Indio. The teenaged driver of a Jeep crashed at the intersection of Adams Street and Avenue 40. Regalado, 18, was ejected from the vehicle. Emergency responders transported him to an area hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. The driver suffered minor injuries and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Another passenger left the scene of the accident before authorities arrived, seeking treatment at a local hospital for minor trauma. Police suspect there may also have been a third passenger but have yet to locate him or her. The accident is under investigation.


“When a passenger is fatally injured in a collision, his or her family may hold the at-fault driver liable through the wrongful death claims process,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis.


Indio accounted for 1 of the 31 fatalities and 79 of the 3,554 injuries suffered by passengers in crashes that occurred in Riverside County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Two of the crashes that resulted in injury or death in the city that year involved a driver under the age of 21 years, and alcohol was a contributing factor to 17 of the fatal or injury accidents.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Victor Regalado, the teen passenger who was killed in the DUI crash.


www.mydesert.com originally reported this Indio accident.


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March 4, 2013

Palm Desert: Passenger Christine Chandler Killed in Head-On Collision

At about 9:45 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, 29-year-old Christine Chandler, of Indio, was killed in a head-on collision in Palm Desert. While traveling southbound on Washington Street in a Chevrolet pickup truck, a 40-year-old male driver veered into the northbound lane south of 38th Avenue and collided with a GMC pickup truck. The man was not wearing a seat belt and was fatally ejected from the vehicle. Chandler, a passenger in the Chevrolet, was declared dead at the scene. Three occupants of the GMC sustained minor injuries. Authorities suspect that alcohol may have contributed to the accident and are investigating.


“ When a driver’s negligence causes an accident that harms others, the driver may be held liable for the expense of the victims’ recoveries or of their families’ losses,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis. “In many cases, the victims or their families will file a personal injury or a wrongful death claim against the driver.”


The California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records indicate that 297 people were killed or injured in collisions that occurred in Palm Desert in 2010. The OTS ranked Palm Desert 11th out of 93 cities with populations ranging in size from 25,001 to 50,000 residents for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes; 1st place is the worst possible ranking. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 21 of the accidents that resulted in injury or death in the city.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of Christine Chandler and the driver of the Chevrolet. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the occupants of the GMC.


www.mydesert.com originally reported this Palm Desert head-on collision.


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March 4, 2013

Napa: Cody Dalen Killed, Adam Luzzi and Antonio Del Castillo Injured in Rollover Crash

At about 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 24, 19-year-old Cody Dalen, of Vallejo, was killed and 18-year-old Adam Luzzi and 17-year-old Antonio Del Castillo, both of Fairfield, were injured in a rollover crash northeast of Napa. While traveling southbound on Monticello Road in a 1984 Honda Civic, Luzzi veered from the road about a mile south of Circle Oaks Drive, crashing down an embankment. The vehicle rolled over, coming to a rest on its roof in a creek. All three teens were trapped in the wreckage. Dalen died at the scene. Emergency responders transported Luzzi and Del Castillo to area hospitals to receive treatment for injuries ranging from major to moderate. Authorities suspect speed may have been a contributing factor in the accident and are investigating.


“After a crash causing injury or death, the victims or their families may file civil claims against the negligent driver in order to obtain compensation for expenses associated with their recoveries or losses,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


In 2010, 891 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents in Napa County, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Seven of the collisions involved a driver under the age of 21 years. Speed was a contributing factor to 220 of the fatal and injury collisions that occurred in the county that year, with Napa ranking 9th out of 58 counties for speed-related crashes 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 Cody Dalen. We would also like to wish a full recovery to Adam Luzzi and Antonio Del Castillo.


www.abclocal.go.com originally reported this Napa rollover crash.


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March 4, 2013

Castroville: Three-Vehicle Collision Injured Ten

At about 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 16, a three-vehicle collision injured ten people in Castroville. The crash occurred at the intersection of Highway 183 and Espinosa Road. Emergency responders extricated several people from the wreckage and transported them to area hospitals. At least three victims suffered major trauma. Authorities are investigating the crash.


“After a collision, those who were injured may file personal injury claims against the negligent driver in order to receive compensation for expenses associated with their recoveries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”


Throughout Monterey County, 2,045 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked Monterey 52nd out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury 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 wish a full recovery to the ten people who were injured in the three-vehicle collision.


The Monterey County Herald originally reported this Castroville crash.


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March 4, 2013

Trinidad: Humboldt County Parks Employee Struck, Killed Cyclist John Mello

Shortly before 1 p.m. on Sunday, February 24, Humboldt County Parks employee Brian Bresee, 26, of Eureka, struck and killed 57-year-old cyclist John Mello, of Mckinleyville, in Trinidad. While traveling on U.S. Highway 101 in a county-issued Nissan Titan truck, Bresee veered to the right shoulder of the road north of Patrick’s Point Drive, hitting Mello. Authorities do not suspect that alcohol or drugs contributed to the accident and are investigating.


“When a motorist’s negligence results in a fatal accident, the family of the victim may pursue a wrongful death claim against the motorist in order to be compensated for their loss,” explained California bicycle accident lawyer James Ballidis.


In 2010, no cyclist fatalities and 47 injuries resulting from traffic accidents were recorded in Humboldt County, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety compares the traffic statistics of the state’s 58 counties, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, with 1st place considered the worst. That year, Humboldt County ranked 19th for cyclist safety.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of John Mello, the cyclist who was struck and killed by the Humboldt County Parks employee.


The Times-Standard originally reported this Trinidad accident.


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March 1, 2013

Santa Fe Springs: Car Crashed into Carl’s Jr., Injuring Customers

On the night of Wednesday, February 27, a car crashed into a Carl’s Jr. restaurant, injuring several customers. A three-vehicle collision at the intersection of Telegraph Road and Painter Avenue sent a Chevy Camaro through the window of the restaurant, the flying shards of glass hurting customers. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“After a crash, those who were injured may hold the at-fault driver liable for the expenses associated with their recoveries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Santa Fe Springs accounted for 3 of the 346 fatalities and 425 of the 62,881 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in collisions that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranked Los Angeles 15th out of 58 counties for its incidence of crashes resulting in injury or death; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to those who were injured when the car crashed into the Carl’s Jr.


www.abclocal.go.com originally reported this Santa Fe Springs crash.


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March 1, 2013

Oroville: Drunk Driver Caused Crash that Injured Melissa Hetherwick and Seven Others

Shortly after 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 24, a drunk driver caused a crash that injured eight in Oroville. While traveling eastbound at what one witness estimated to be 70 mph on Montgomery Street in a 2003 Volkswagen sedan, 18-year-old Shaina L. Appleyard ran a stop sign at Huntoon Street, veered into the opposing lane of traffic, and collided head-on with a 2005 Toyota sedan. She proceeded to swerve onto the sidewalk, crashing into the bench on which two teenagers were sitting and a tree. The driver of the Toyota, 29-year-old Melissa Hetherwick, is reportedly 22 weeks pregnant. Emergency responders extricated her from the wreckage and transported her to an area hospital. The parents of the teenagers on the bench took them to area hospitals. Four passengers in the Volkswagen—29-year-old Alexandro Favela, 25-year-old Breanna Caracol, and two 16-year-old girls—were also injured, as was Appleyard. She was subsequently arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs causing injury. Authorities are investigating the crash.


“When vehicle occupants are injured in a collision, they may file personal injury claims against the at-fault driver in order to obtain compensation for the expense of their recoveries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”


Oroville accounted for 3 of the 35 fatalities and 95 of the 1,162 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in crashes that occurred in Butte County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 206 of the accidents that resulted in injury or death in the city that year.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to Melissa Hetherwick and the seven others who were injured.


www.OrovilleMR.com originally reported this crash.


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March 1, 2013

Pacoima: Truck Ran Red Light, Seriously Injured Boy

At about 9:45 a.m. on Monday, February 25, the driver of a pickup truck ran a red light, causing a crash that seriously injured a 5-year-old boy and three others in Pacoima. The collision between the truck and the minivan occurred at the intersection of Van Nuys Boulevard and Laurel Canyon Boulevard. Emergency responders airlifted the boy and his mother to the hospital, while two toddlers were transported via ambulance. Authorities are investigating the crash.


“When a driver violates traffic safety laws and consequently causes harm to others, he or she may be held liable for the expenses associated with the victims’ recoveries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


In 2010, 72,010 people were killed or injured in collisions that occurred throughout Los Angeles County, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Traffic signals and signs were a contributing factor to 112 of the fatal and 12,799 of the injury crashes that occurred in the state that year, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the boy and the three others who were injured in the collision with the truck that ran the red light.


The Los Angeles Daily News originally reported this Pacoima crash.


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March 1, 2013

Fremont: Eight Injured, One Seriously, in DUI Crash

Shortly after 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 21, eight people were injured, one seriously, in a DUI crash in Fremont. While traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of Ardenwood Boulevard, the 35-year-old male driver of a Toyota pickup truck collided with a southbound minivan, the impact sending it into a tractor-trailer. Emergency responders transported the 76-year-old female driver of the minivan to an area hospital to receive treatment for major trauma. The driver of the truck, as well as six others, was also injured. Authorities arrested him on suspicion of felony driving under the influence.


“California law provides recourse through the civil justice system for those injured in auto accidents for which they were not at-fault,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis. “Accident victims may file personal injury claims against the negligent driver in order to receive compensation for the cost of their recoveries.”


Motor vehicle collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 528 people in Fremont in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current statistics. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 72 of the crashes that resulted in injury or death in the city that year, with the OTS ranking Fremont 36th out of 53 cities with populations of a similar size for its incidence of DUI crashes; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the eight people who were injured in the DUI crash.


MercuryNews.com originally reported this Fremont collision.


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March 1, 2013

Woodland: Jorge Mora Arias and Cheryl Ann Fortress Killed in Fiery Collision

At about 11 p.m. on Saturday, February 23, 40-year-old Jorge Mora Arias and 34-year-old Cheryl Ann Fortress were killed in a fiery collision in Woodland. Arias’ Oldsmobile collided with Fortress’ Honda on the northbound Interstate 5 south of County Road 8, the impact causing the Honda to roll onto the Oldsmobile and both vehicles to ignite into flames. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“When a motorist is killed in a crash, the driver determined to be at-fault for the accident may be held civilly liable for the death,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis. “In many cases, the family of the victim will file a wrongful death claim against the driver in order to obtain compensation for their loss.”


Woodland accounted for none of the 13 fatalities and 103 of the 784 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in crashes that occurred in Yolo County, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Traffic collisions claimed the lives of 2,791 people throughout the state in 2010.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of Jorge Mora Arias and Cheryl Ann Fortress, the two drivers killed in the fiery collision.


The Sacramento Bee originally reported this Woodland crash.


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March 1, 2013

Concow: Passengers Tyler Matlock and Kara Hanson Killed in Truck Crash

At about 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20, 24-year-old Tyler Matlock, of Modesto, and 39-year-old Kara Hanson, of Oroville, were killed in a truck crash in Concow. While traveling on a narrow dirt segment of Concow Road in a Ford F-250 pickup truck, 19-year-old Charles Taylor, of Chico, veered from the road near Mountain Pine Lane. The truck rolled 900 feet down a canyon, ejecting all four occupants. Suffering from a broken leg, Taylor and 19-year-old passenger Samuel Montgomery Larson, also of Chico, hiked up to the road to seek help from a passerby. A remote area with no cell phone service, it took emergency responders nearly two hours to arrive. Matlock was killed in the accident. Hanson died from the trauma she suffered before she could be rescued from the canyon. California Highway Patrol officers suspect distraction was a contributing factor and are investigating the crash.


“After a fatal collision, the negligent driver may be held liable for the expense of the victims’ recoveries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis. “In the event that the victims do not survive their injuries, their families may file wrongful death claims against the driver.”


Throughout Butte County, traffic accidents claimed the lives of 12 passengers and caused injury to another 358 in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Nationwide, 3,331 people were killed in accidents involving distracted drivers in 2011, an increase from the 3,267 fatalities the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recorded the previous year.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of Tyler Matlock and Kara Hanson, the passengers who were killed in the truck crash.


www.krcrtv.com originally reported this Concow accident.


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February 26, 2013

Bakersfield: Shafter Woman Killed in Crash with Teen Driver

On the morning of Saturday, February 23, a 73-year-old woman from Shafter was killed in a crash with a teen driver near Bakersfield. While traveling westbound on China Grade Loop in a 2001 Toyota 4Runner, 17-year-old Aubrey James Walker veered into the opposing lane of traffic and collided with a 2000 GMC Sierra, the impact sending it off the road and down a dirt embankment. Emergency responders transported the driver to an area hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries a short time later. Authorities are investigating the crash.


“After a fatal collision, the family of the victim may hold the negligent party liable for their loss through the wrongful death claims process,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis.


In 2010, 1,343 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents that occurred in Bakersfield, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Thirty-three of the crashes that resulted in death or injury involved a driver under the age of 21 years, with Bakersfield ranking 1st out of 13 cities of a similar size for its incidence of crashes involving drivers in this age group; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the woman from Shafter who was killed in the crash with the teen driver.


The Bakersfield Californian originally reported this collision.


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February 26, 2013

Rancho Cucamonga: Passenger Edward Travis Rust Killed in Rollover Accident

Shortly before 9 p.m. on Saturday, February 23, 39-year-old Edward Travis Rust, of Camarillo, was killed in a rollover accident in Rancho Cucamonga. While traveling eastbound on Interstate 210, the driver of a 2003 Jeep Liberty lost control of the vehicle, colliding with the south shoulder of the road before rolling over multiple times. Rust was declared dead at the scene. The CHP is investigating the crash.


“When a passenger is fatally injured in a collision, his or her family may pursue a wrongful death claim against the negligent driver,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis.


Rancho Cucamonga accounted for 1 of the 59 fatalities and 236 of the 4,056 injuries suffered by passengers in crashes that occurred in San Bernardino County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Throughout California, traffic collisions claimed the lives of 2,720 people that year.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Edward Travis Rust, the passenger who was killed in the rollover accident.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Rancho Cucamonga crash.


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February 26, 2013

Nuevo: Four Trapped in Wreckage of Head-On DUI Crash

At about 11:47 p.m. on Friday, February 15, a head-on DUI crash occurred in Nuevo, trapping four people in the wreckage. While traveling westbound on the Ramona Expressway, the 22-year-old driver of a 2004 Pontiac ran over a mattress near Martin Street, dragging it before swerving into opposing lanes of traffic, where he collided with a 1991 Nissan sedan. Utilizing hydraulic tools, firefighters extricated four occupants from the smashed vehicles. Emergency responders transported the 51-year-old male driver of the Nissan and a 25-year-old passenger of the Pontiac to an area hospital to receive treatment for injuries ranging from moderate to major. The driver of the Pontiac sustained minor injuries and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.


“When vehicle occupants are injured in a crash, they may hold the at-fault driver liable for the cost of their recoveries by filing personal injury claims,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis.


The California Office of Traffic Safety indicates that 11,417 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents that occurred in Riverside County in 2010. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 1,471 of the crashes that resulted in injury or death in the county that year. The OTS ranked Riverside 36th out of 58 counties for the number of alcohol-related accidents that occurred there that year; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the two people who were seriously injured in the DUI crash.


www.mydesert.com originally reported this Nuevo head-on collision.


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February 25, 2013

Lake Elsinore: Five Injured in Rollover Crash

At about 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 23, five people were injured in a rollover crash in Lake Elsinore. While traveling southbound on Greenwald Avenue in a 1995 Honda Civic, 40-year-old Angelica Chavez turned left onto Tyson Road in front of a northbound GMC Sonoma pickup truck, the impact causing the truck to rollover. Emergency responders transported Chavez and two of her passengers, 22-year-old Chantel Chavez and a 14-year-old boy, to area hospitals to receive treatment for injuries ranging from moderate to major. Two of the passengers in the GMC, 53-year-old Gloria Polento and a 12-year-old girl, suffered moderate trauma and were also hospitalized. Authorities are investigating the crash.


“When motor vehicle occupants are injured in an accident, the negligent driver may be held liable for the expense of their recoveries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


The California Office of Traffic Safety recorded 168 fatal and injury accidents in Lake Elsinore in 2010. The OTS ranked Lake Elsinore 64th out of 103 cities with populations ranging in size from 50,001 to 100,000 for its incidence of motor vehicle accidents resulting in injury or death that year; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to Angelica Chavez, Chantel Chavez, Gloria Polento, and the boy and girl who were injured.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Lake Elsinore rollover crash.


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February 25, 2013

Pacific Beach: Four Injured in DUI Crash

At about 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, February 16, four people were injured in a DUI crash in Pacific Beach. An intoxicated 26-year-old man in a Nissan Titan ran a red light at the intersection of Mission Bay Drive and Garnet Avenue at a high rate of speed, colliding with a Honda Accord and a Volvo, the impact sending the Honda into a minivan in opposing lanes of traffic. Emergency responders transported the 66-year-old driver of the Honda to an area hospital to receive treatment for major head trauma. A 30-year-old woman and a 5-year-old boy in the Volvo suffered minor injuries and were also taken to the hospital, as was the driver of the Nissan. He was subsequently booked on suspicion of felony DUI.


“When a driver causes a collision while under the influence, he or she may be held liable for the cost of the victims’ recoveries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”


In 2010, collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 17,889 people in San Diego County, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Alcohol was a contributing factor in 2,190 of the accidents that resulted in injury or death, with San Diego, ranking 32nd out of 58 counties for its incidence of DUI crashes.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the four people who were injured.


www.10news.com originally reported this Pacific Beach collision.


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February 25, 2013

Hemet: Passenger Robert Domenigoni Killed in Crash

At about 9:20 a.m. on Thursday, February 21, 74-year-old Robert Domenigoni, of Winchester, was killed in a crash in the foothills east of Hemet. While traveling at an unsafe speed on a muddy U.S. Forest Service road near Valle Vista in a Jeep Cherokee, 80-year-old William Rohrbacher failed to negotiate a curve and lost control of the vehicle, causing it to leave the road and crash 100 feet down an embankment, where it came to a stop in a ravine. Domenigoni, a passenger in the Jeep, was killed in the crash. Rohrbacher sustained moderate trauma and was airlifted to an area hospital. The California Highway Patrol has not yet determined the charges he will face.


“When a driver causes a crash that results in the death of a passenger, the family of the victim may hold the driver civilly liable for their loss by filing a wrongful death claim,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 454 people in Hemet in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Speed was a contributing factor to 69 of the crashes that resulted in injury or death, with Hemet ranking 24th out of 103 cities of a similar size for its incidence of speed-related accidents.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Robert Domenigoni, the passenger who was killed in the crash.


The Press-Enterprise
originally reported this Hemet accident.


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February 20, 2013

San Carlos: Four Injured in Broadside Collision

At about 12:30 p.m. on Friday, February 15, four people were injured in a broadside collision in San Carlos. The driver of a Chevy sedan crashed into a Honda Civic at the intersection of Cowles Mountain Boulevard and Boulder Lake Drive, the impact seriously injuring two female vehicle occupants and causing two others to suffer minor trauma. Residents of the area have reportedly requested a four-way stop signal system to be implemented at the intersection, which has been the site of several collisions.


“When a motor vehicle collision results in injuries, the negligent party—whether a driver or the municipal agency responsible for maintaining the area—may be held liable for the expenses associated with the victims’ recoveries,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis.


Sixty-two people were killed or injured in traffic accidents that occurred in San Carlos in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. San Carlos ranked 66th out of 93 cities for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the four women who were injured in the broadside collision.


www.cbs8.com originally reported this crash.


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February 15, 2013

Oxnard: Four Injured in DUI Crash

At about 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 9, four people were injured in a DUI crash in Oxnard. While traveling southbound on the 101 Freeway in a pickup truck, 20-year-old Oswaldo Hinojosa collided with another vehicle near the Del Norte off ramp. He fled the scene, exited on Del Norte, running a stop sign, and crashing into a car, the impact sending the vehicles down an embankment. Emergency responders transported three occupants of the car and one from the truck to area hospitals to receive treatment for their injuries. Hinojosa and one of his passengers attempted to flee on foot but were apprehended. He was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI causing injury and felony leaving the scene of an accident.


“When vehicle occupants are injured in a crash, they may file personal injury claims against the negligent driver in order to receive compensation for the expense of their recoveries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”


In 2010, 1,245 people were killed or injured in collisions that occurred in Oxnard, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety's most current records. Alcohol was a factor in 163 of the collisions causing injury or death. The OTS ranked Oxnard 2nd out of 53 cities with similarly sized populations for its incidence of DUI crashes in a ranking system in which 1st place is considered the worst.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the four people who were injured in the collision.


www.kvta.com originally reported this Oxnard crash.


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February 8, 2013

Marysville: Kristin Valadez and Three Other Passengers Injured in Crash

At about 4:25 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6, 28-year-old Kristin Valadez and three other passengers were injured in a crash near Marysville. While traveling northbound on Highway 70 in a Honda, 33-year-old Lao Vang lost control of the vehicle while rounding a curve, veered from the road, and slammed into a tree. Valadez suffered bruises and internal injuries and was transported to an area hospital. The three male occupants in the back seat suffered injuries ranging from minor to major. Vang was also hospitalized for leg and collarbone pain. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“Passengers who are injured in collisions may file personal injury claims against the negligent driver in order to be compensated for expenses associated with their recoveries,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis.


Marysville accounted for 28 of the 132 injuries suffered by passengers in crashes that occurred in Yuba County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranked Yuba County 27th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury 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 wish a full recovery to Kristin Valadez and the three passengers who were injured.


The Oroville Mercury-Register originally reported this accident.


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February 8, 2013

Perris: Truck Struck, Killed Skateboarder Eric Hernandez

At about 10:40 p.m. on Thursday, February 7, a truck struck and killed 18-year-old skateboarder Eric Hernandez in Perris. While traveling north in the 2600 block of Redlands Avenue, the driver of the truck hit Hernandez, who was also riding northbound. The driver did not stop to administer aid. Hernandez was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities are investigating and have asked witnesses, or anyone with information concerning this accident, to call the sheriff’s Perris Station at 951-210-1000.


“Apprehending a hit-and-run driver after a fatal accident can prove crucial to the victim’s family’s ability to file a civil claim in order to receive compensation for their loss,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.


Perris accounted for 8 of the 203 fatalities and 200 of the 11,298 injuries suffered by people in traffic accidents that occurred in Riverside County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Hit-and-run was a factor in 12 of the accidents that resulted in injury or death in the city that year.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Eric Hernandez, the skateboarder who was struck and injured.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Perris accident.


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February 8, 2013

Shafter: Passenger Jeffrey Bart Cantrell Killed in Collision

At about 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday, February 6, 45-year-old Jeffrey Bart Cantrell, of Bakersfield, was killed in a collision in Shafter. While traveling westbound on Fresno Avenue in a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado, 23-year-old Cody Wayne Wurster ran a stop sign at Beech Avenue and was struck by a northbound 2002 Dodge Ram. Cantrell, a passenger in the Chevrolet, was pronounced dead at the scene. Emergency responders airlifted Wurster to an area hospital to receive treatment for major trauma. Twenty-nine-year-old Joshua Kimball, the driver of the Dodge, sustained moderate injuries and was also hospitalized.


“When a passenger is fatally injured in a crash, his or her family may file a wrongful death claim against the negligent driver in order to be compensated for their loss,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Shafter accounted for none of the 87 fatalities and 70 of the 4,278 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in crashes that occurred in Kern County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Traffic signals and signs were a collision factor in 112 of the fatal and 12,799 of the injury collisions that occurred in the state that year.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Jeffrey Bart Cantrell, the passenger killed in the collision. We would also like to wish a full recovery to Cody Wayne Wurster and Joshua Kimball.


The Bakersfield Californian
originally reported this Shafter crash.


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February 5, 2013

Mecca: Two-Vehicle Collision Injured Nine

Shortly after 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 2, a two-vehicle collision injured nine people in Mecca. The crash, which occurred at the intersection of Highway 86 Expressway and Highway 195, sent three vehicle occupants to area hospitals for trauma ranging from minor to moderate. Six other victims sustained minor injuries. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“After a collision causing injury, the victims may file personal injury claims against the at-fault driver in order to obtain compensation for the cost of their recoveries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Throughout Riverside County, traffic accidents killed or injured 11,417 people in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked Riverside 46th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes that year in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the nine people who were injured in the two-vehicle collision.


Mydesert.com originally reported this Mecca crash.


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February 5, 2013

Corona: Man Killed, Two Injured in Head-On Crash

Shortly before 7 a.m. on Friday, February 1, a 61-year-old man was killed and two people were injured in a head-on crash near Corona. The collision, which involved a mid-size sedan and a mid-size pickup truck, occurred on Temescal Canyon Road near Pulsar Court and Interstate 15. The male driver of the sedan was pronounced dead at the scene.


“After a fatal accident, the negligent party may be held liable for the expenses associated with the victims’ injuries or losses,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis. “In many cases, the victims will file personal injury or wrongful death claims against the driver.”


Collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 396 people in Corona in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked Corona 48th out of 53 cities with populations ranging in size from 100,001 to 250,000 residents for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the man who was killed in the head-on crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the two people who were injured.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Corona collision.


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February 5, 2013

Carlsbad: Two-Car Collision Injured Five

At about 7:20 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30, a two-car collision injured five people in Carlsbad. The crash, which occurred at the intersection of Palomar Airport Road and Innovation Way, left four people trapped in the wreckage. Emergency responders extricated the victims, three of whom suffered major trauma, and transported them to area hospitals, including Rady Children’s Hospital. Authorities are investigating crash.


“When vehicle occupants are injured in a collision, they may hold the at-fault party liable for the expense of their recoveries,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”


Carlsbad accounted for 1 of the 126 fatalities and 503 of the 15,939 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in crashes that occurred in San Diego County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranked Carlsbad 30th out of 53 cities with similarly sized populations for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the five people who were injured in the two-car collision.


www.nbcsandiego.com originally reported this Carlsbad crash.


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February 4, 2013

San Pasqual Valley: Three Injured in Head-On Collision Involving Drunk Driver

At about 7:35 p.m. on Friday, February 1, three people were injured in a head-on collision involving a drunk driver in the San Pasqual Valley community of San Diego. While traveling westbound on Route 78 in a Toyota pickup truck, a 40-year-old man veered into the opposing lane of traffic near Ramona Highlands and crashed into a Nissan Xterra. The female driver of the Nissan sustained serious trauma and a passenger in her vehicle suffered minor injuries. They were taken to an area hospital, as was the driver of the Toyota, who sustained moderate injuries. He faces charges for felony driving under the influence.


“After a crash causing injury, the victims may pursue personal injury claims against the at-fault driver for expenses associated with their recoveries,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”


Throughout San Diego County, traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 452 people in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current data. Alcohol was a contributing factor in 53 of the collisions that resulted in injury or fatality that year, with San Diego ranking 31st out of 58 counties for its incidence DUI crashes.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the three people who were injured in the head-on collision involving the drunk driver.


U-T San Diego originally reported this San Pasqual accident.


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February 4, 2013

Beaumont: Three People Suffered Trauma in Crash

Shortly before 6 p.m. on Friday, February 1, three people suffered moderate trauma in a crash in Beaumont. The multiple-vehicle collision occurred at the interchange of Highway 60 and Interstate 10. Emergency responders had to extricate some of the occupants from the wreckage. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“When vehicle occupants are hurt in a crash, they may file personal injury claims against the negligent driver in order to obtain compensation for the expenses associated with their recoveries,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis.


Beaumont accounted for 1 of the 164 fatalities and 172 of the 10,594 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in crashes that occurred in Riverside County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranked Beaumont 86th out of 93 cities for the number of collisions resulting in injury or death that occurred there that year; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the three people who suffered trauma in the crash.


The Press-Enterprise
originally reported this Beaumont accident.


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February 4, 2013

San Bernardino: 8 Killed, 27 Injured in Bus Crash

At about 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 3, 8 people were killed and 27 were injured in a bus crash in the San Bernardino Mountains. While traveling on California Highway 38, the driver of a tour bus lost control and rolled over a truck; a sedan was also involved in the collision. Firefighters spent more than two hours extricating the victims. Emergency responders transported 27 people to local hospitals, 6 of them to receive treatment for major trauma. The bus, which was carrying 38 passengers, had departed from Tijuana early that morning for a trip to Big Bear and was reportedly returning when the collision occurred. Highway 38 will be closed throughout the day while authorities investigate.


“When vehicle occupants are seriously or fatally injured in a crash, they or their families may hold the at-fault party liable for expenses related to their recovery or loss,” explained California bus accident attorney James Ballidis.


In San Bernardino County, 180 people lost their lives and 11,050 were injured in traffic accidents in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. California’s incidence of traffic deaths increased 2.6 percent, from 2,720 in 2010 to 2,791 in 2011.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of the 8 people who were killed in the bus crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the 27 who were injured.


The Los Angeles Times originally reported this San Bernardino collision.


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January 31, 2013

Reseda: Street Race Collision Injured Four

On Monday, January 28, a collision that authorities suspect involved street racing injured four people in Reseda. According to witness accounts, a motorist was struck by one of three vehicles speeding northbound on Balboa Boulevard after attempting to turn left from a southbound lane. The impact totaled one vehicle and sent another into a power pole, shearing it in two. Two of the vehicle occupants sustained major trauma. Authorities are investigating the crash.


“Drivers who harm others while violating traffic safety laws face fines and imprisonment, as well as civil claims,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis, “as the state will punish them for breaking the law and the victims will seek compensation for the expenses related to their recoveries.”


The California Department of Motor Vehicles defines a speed contest as an illegal exhibition of a motorist’s speed on public roads, such as a race against another driver using a clock or other timing device. Penalties for street racing include vehicle impoundment for 30 days, imprisonment for up to three months, and fines of up to $1,000, as well as the revocation of one’s driver’s license. In the event that an accident causing injury results from a street race, violators may face greater penalties.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the four people who were injured in the street race crash.


KTLA.com originally reported this Reseda collision.


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January 31, 2013

San Marcos: Hit-and-Run Driver Struck, Seriously Injured Cyclist

At about 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 20, a hit-and-run driver struck and seriously injured a 47-year-old male cyclist in San Marcos. While traveling on East Mission Road, the motorist veered into the bicycle lane and collided with the cyclist, the impact throwing him from the bike and into the curb. He sustained serious facial trauma and was transported to an area hospital. Witnesses, or anyone with information about this accident, are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 858-565-5200.


“After a hit-and-run accident, apprehending the driver could prove pivotal to the victim’s ability to obtain compensation for recovery-related expenses,” explained California cycle accident lawyer James Ballidis, “which is why it is so important for witnesses to come forward to aid law enforcement in the search for the driver.”


San Marcos accounted for 1 of the 8 fatalities and 17 of the 897 injuries suffered by bicyclists in collisions that occurred in San Diego in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Hit-and-run was a factor in 18 of the bicycle accidents that resulted in injury or death in the city that year.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the cyclist who was injured in the hit-and-run accident.


U-T San Diego originally reported this San Marcos accident.


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January 30, 2013

Lakeland Village: William Messemore and Matthew Camili Killed in DUI Crash

Shortly before 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29, 40-year-old William Messemore and 25-year-old Matthew Camili were killed in a DUI crash in Lakeland Village. While traveling at speeds reaching 80 mph in a 2007 Toyota Tacoma in the two-way turn lane of Grand Avenue in order to pass slower traffic, Messemore crashed into Camili’s 1996 Plymouth Neon near Adelfa Street, the impact killing both men. A passenger in the Toyota suffered minor trauma. Authorities suspect that Messemore was intoxicated at the time of the accident.


“Drivers who violate traffic safety laws face fines and imprisonment and civil lawsuits,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis, “as the state will punish them for violating its laws and the victims will hold them liable for their losses.”


In 2010, traffic accidents claimed the lives of 164 people and injured another 10,594 in Riverside County, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 69 of the fatal and 930 of the injury crashes that occurred in the county that year.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of William Messemore and Matthew Camili, the two men killed in the DUI crash.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Lakeland Village collision.


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January 30, 2013

Palm Desert: Two Injured in Multiple-Vehicle Collision

Shortly before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16, two people were injured in a multiple-vehicle collision in Palm Desert. The crash, which involved three cars, occurred on Highway 74 at Cahuilla Way. One person had to be extricated from the wreckage. Emergency responders transported the victims to an area hospital, their injuries ranging from minor to moderate. Authorities are investigating the crash.


“California law ensures that those who have been injured in collisions may pursue compensation for the cost of their recoveries,” explained a car accident attorney in the state, “including for the expense of medical treatment, lost income, and pain and suffering.”


Palm Desert accounted for 1 of the 164 fatalities and 271 of the 10,594 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in collisions that occurred in Riverside County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranked Riverside 46th out of 58 counties for the number of fatal and injury collisions that occurred there that year; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the two people who were injured in the multiple-vehicle collision.


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January 30, 2013

Bakersfield: Two Injured in DUI Crash

On the night of Sunday, January 27, two people were injured in a DUI crash in Bakersfield. While traveling on Union Avenue, between Alpine and Truxtun Avenues, the driver of a pickup truck struck a curb and collided with another truck, the impact causing it to overturn. Emergency responders transported the drivers to an area hospital to receive treatment for injuries ranging from minor to moderate. Authorities suspect the driver of the first truck may have been intoxicated at the time of the accident.


“When a motor vehicle collision causes injury, the victims may file personal injury claims against the negligent driver for the expense of their recoveries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”


Bakersfield accounted for 16 of the 87 fatalities and 1,442 of the 4,278 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in crashes that occurred in Kern County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 40 of the fatal and 447 of the injury collisions that occurred in the county that year.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the two people who were injured in the DUI crash.


www.kget.com originally reported this Bakersfield collision.


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January 29, 2013

Morongo Valley: One Killed in Head-On Collision

At about 3:25 p.m. on Monday, January 28, one person was killed in a head-on collision in Morongo Valley. The collision, which involved at least two vehicles, occurred on Highway 62 at Highland Road. The impact caused at least one of the vehicles to ignite into flames. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“When a crash results in fatality, the family of the victim may hold the at-fault driver liable for their loss through the wrongful death claims process,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis.


In 2010, 11,866 people were killed or injured in crashes that occurred in San Bernardino County, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS compares the accident statistics of the state’s 58 counties, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, with 1st place considered the worst. That year, San Bernardino ranked 36th for its incidence of fatal and injury collisions.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the person who was killed in the head-on crash.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Morongo Valley collision.


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January 29, 2013

San Jose: Passenger Steven Pham Killed in Rollover Accident

Shortly before 1 p.m. on Friday, January 18, 18-year-old passenger Steven Pham was killed in a rollover accident in San Jose. While traveling northbound on San Felipe Road in a green 1996 Acura Integra, the driver lost control of the vehicle and collided with a power pole. A witness indicated that the car came to a rest on its roof near the pole. Pham was taken to an area hospital, where he died the following day. The driver was also seriously injured. Authorities suspect that speed may have contributed to the accident and are investigating.


“When a family loses a loved one in a crash, they may hold the negligent driver liable by filing a wrongful death claim,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Motor vehicle collisions claimed the lives of 3,588 people in San Jose in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s current records. Speed was a factor in 780 of the fatal and injury collisions that year, with San Jose ranking 6th out of 13 cities with similarly sized populations for its incidence of speed-related accidents.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Steven Pham, the passenger who was killed in the rollover accident. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the driver.


MercuryNews.com originally reported this San Jose crash.


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January 28, 2013

Glendora: One Injured in DUI Crash

At about 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, one person was injured in a DUI crash in Glendora. While traveling eastbound on Route 66, 25-year-old Andrew Castro ran a red light at Compromise Line Road and collided with another car, the impact injuring one of its occupants. Emergency responders transported the person to an area hospital. Authorities arrested Castro on suspicion of felony DUI.


“When a motorist is injured in a collision, he or she may hold the at-fault driver liable for recovery-related expenses,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering.”


Crashes killed or injured 195 people in Glendora in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Alcohol contributed to 20 of the fatal and injury accidents, with Glendora ranking 46th out of 103 cities with similarly sized populations for its incidence of DUI crashes.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the person who was injured.


The San Gabriel Valley Tribune originally reported this Glendora crash.


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January 28, 2013

Foster City: Rollover Accident Killed Three

At about 9:45 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, a rollover accident killed three people in Foster City. While traveling on Highway 92, a 21-year-old driver crashed into a guardrail on an eastbound off-ramp, the impact causing the car to overturn and strike a utility pole. The driver and two brothers, aged 12 and 16, were killed in the accident. Emergency responders transported the 18-year-old brother of the passengers who were killed to an area hospital to receive treatment for major trauma. Another 18-year-old passenger sustained minor injuries. Authorities are investigating the crash.

“When a collision results in serious or fatal trauma, the victims or their families may hold the negligent driver liable for expenses related to their recoveries or losses,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.

Collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 52 people in Foster City in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current data. One of the crashes that year involved a driver under the age of 21. Foster City ranked 37th out of 93 cities of a similar size for its incidence of accidents involving drivers in this age group; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of the three people who were killed in the rollover accident. We would also like to wish a full recovery to those who were injured.

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January 28, 2013

La Mirada: Police Pursuit Ended in Collision, Injury

Shortly after 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, a police pursuit ended in a collision and injury in La Mirada. Officers attempted to stop a U-Haul that had been reported stolen at Firestone Boulevard and Patton Road, but the driver, 28-year-old Colin Prouty, refused to stop. A chase ensued, ending when Prouty crashed into a Chevrolet SUV at the intersection of Imperial Highway and Valley View Boulevard. The driver of the SUV was injured in the collision. Prouty was arrested for felony evasion.


“When a driver causes harm to others, he or she may be held liable for the expense of their recoveries,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis.


The California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records indicate that collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 197 people in La Mirada in 2010. Speed was a factor in 16 of the crashes that resulted in injury or fatality. The OTS ranked La Mirada 26th out of 93 cities with populations of a similar size for its incidence of auto accidents; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the driver who was injured in the collision.


The Press-Telegram originally reported this police pursuit and crash.


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January 28, 2013

Lake Elsinore: Five Injured in DUI Accident

At about 12:30 a.m. on Friday, January 25, five people were injured in a DUI accident in Lake Elsinore. While traveling southbound in the 200 block of Chaney Street, 18-year-old Eduardo Barba lost control of the vehicle, causing it to roll over and slam into a retaining wall. Emergency responders transported him and four passengers to an area hospital, their injuries ranging from moderate to major. Authorities suspect that Barba was intoxicated at the time of the accident. Witnesses, or anyone with information about the accident, are asked to call the sheriff’s Lake Elsinore Station at 951-245-3300.


“When passengers are injured in a crash, they may hold the negligent driver liable for the expense of their recoveries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”


Car accidents killed or injured 168 people in Lake Elsinore in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 10 of the collisions that resulted in injury or death, with Lake Elsinore ranking 88th out of 103 cities of a similar size for its incidence of DUI crashes.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the five people injured in the DUI accident.


The Press-Enterprise
originally reported this Lake Elsinore accident.


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January 28, 2013

Canyon Country: One Killed, Two Seriously Injured in Collision

At about 5:40 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, one person was killed and two were seriously injured in a collision near Canyon Country. While traveling southbound on Sierra Highway in a pickup truck, a 52-year-old man swerved into the northbound lane near Davenport Road, colliding head-on with another truck. The man was killed in the crash. A passenger in his vehicle and the driver of the other truck sustained major trauma and were transported to area hospitals. Authorities are investigating the crash.


“When a collision results in serious or fatal injury, the victims or their families may hold the negligent driver liable for the expenses associated with their recoveries or losses,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 796 people in Santa Clarita in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. The OTS ranked Santa Clarita 25th out of 53 cities with populations of a similar size for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes 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 the man who was killed in the collision. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the driver and passenger who were seriously injured.


The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Canyon Country accident.


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January 25, 2013

Jurupa Valley: Ana Cortes Killed in Collision with Truck

At about 10:20 a.m. on Wednesday, January 16, 48-year-old Ana Cortes, of Riverside, was killed in a collision with a truck in Jurupa Valley. The accident, which occurred at the intersection of Limonite Avenue and Peralta Place, involved four vehicles. Emergency responders transported Cortes to an area hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries a short time later. One person involved in the crash sustained moderate trauma and another went into full cardiac arrest. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“In the event that a motor vehicle collision results in serious or fatal trauma, the victims or their families may hold the at-fault driver liable for expenses associated with their recoveries or losses,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Throughout Riverside County, traffic accidents killed or injured 11,417 people in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked Riverside 46th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes 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 Ana Cortes, the woman killed in the collision with the truck. We would also like to wish a full recovery to those who were harmed in the accident.


The Press-Enterprise
originally reported this Jurupa Valley accident.


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January 25, 2013

Mission Beach: Passenger Shiden Golshani Jabdan Fatally Injured in Crash

At about 2:48 a.m. on Saturday, January 19, 35-year-old Shiden Golshani Jabdan, of San Diego, was fatally injured in a crash in Mission Beach. While traveling westbound in the 900 block of West Mission Bay Drive, the 35-year-old female driver of the BMW in which Jabdan was riding collided with several parked cars. Emergency responders transported Jabdan to an area hospital, were she died about twelve hours later. The driver of the car and a 19-year-old female passenger were also transported to the hospital. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“When a family loses a loved one to an auto collision, they may hold the at-fault driver liable for their loss by filing a wrongful death claim,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


In 2010, auto accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 17,889 people in San Diego County, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Crashes occurring between 9 p.m. and 2:59 a.m. accounted for 1,640 of the traffic-related injuries and fatalities. California’s incidence of traffic fatalities increased 2.6 percent from 2,720 in 2010 to 2,791 in 2011.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Shiden Golshani Jabdan, the passenger who was fatally injured in the crash.


Www.CBS8.com originally reported this Mission Beach accident.


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January 25, 2013

Hollywood: Seven Injured in Chain-Reaction Collisions on Highway 101

At about 12:20 a.m. on Friday, January 25, seven people, including an infant, were injured in a series of chain-reaction collisions on Highway 101 in Hollywood. A solo-vehicle accident in southbound lanes near Barham Boulevard triggered five additional crashes involving 16 vehicles. At one point, a vehicle struck a passenger who had exited a car after it was involved in a crash. Authorities suspect the rain-soaked roads may have contributed to the accidents and are investigating.


“After a crash causing trauma, the victims may hold the negligent party liable for their recovery-related expenses,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis, “such as for the cost of medical treatment, lost earnings, and pain and suffering.”


Throughout Los Angeles County, 72,010 people were seriously or fatally injured in collisions in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Rain was a contributing factor to 122 of the fatal and 8,521 of the injury crashes that occurred in the state that year.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the seven people who were injured in the chain-reaction collision on Highway 101.


The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Hollywood accident.


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January 21, 2013

Mission Hills: Three Injured in Multiple-Vehicle Crash

At about 11:41 p.m. on Thursday, January 17, three people were injured in a multiple-vehicle crash in Mission Hills. The accident occurred on the westbound 118 Freeway, just east of the 405 Freeway. Emergency responders transported the victims to an area hospital, their injuries ranging from minor to major. Authorities are investigating the collision.


“When a crash results in injuries, the victims may pursue personal injury claims against the negligent driver in order to obtain compensation for the expense of their recoveries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Traffic collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 72,010 people in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current data. Los Angeles ranked 15th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the three people who were injured in the multiple-vehicle crash.


The Los Angeles Daily News originally reported this Mission Hills accident.


Resources for accident victims, such as books and articles on the injury claims process, are available to the public free of charge through our office.


If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to discuss a specific legal matter with a California car accident lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

January 21, 2013

San Diego: Man Killed in DUI Crash

Shortly after 4 a.m. on Saturday, January 19, a 42-year-old man from Mexicali was killed in a DUI crash in San Diego County. While traveling on Interstate 8 in a GMC truck, 38-year-old Jeremiah Smith struck a Toyota that was parked on the right shoulder, the impact sending the vehicle into the man, who was standing outside of it at the time, and throwing him several hundred yards. Authorities arrested Smith on suspicion of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter.


“When an individual operates a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and fatally harms another, that person may face criminal charges and civil actions,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis. “In many cases, the state will punish the person with fines and imprisonment and the family of the victim will hold him or her liable for their loss.”


The California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records indicate that 17,889 people were killed or injured in collisions that occurred in San Diego County in 2010. Alcohol was a contributing factor in 2,190 of the accidents, with the county ranking 32nd out of 58 for DUI-related crashes 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 the man who was killed in the collision.


The Los Angeles Times originally reported this San Diego County crash.


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January 21, 2013

Long Beach: Passenger Vernon Onofia Killed, Five Injured in Crash

At about 8:40 p.m. on Saturday, January 19, 29-year-old passenger Vernon Onofia was killed and five others were injured in a crash in Long Beach. While traveling at a high rate of speed eastbound on Del Amo Boulevard, the driver of a 2002 Chevy Suburban lost control of the vehicle and struck the center divider, causing the vehicle to roll over multiple times. Vernon and three other occupants were ejected from the vehicle, and two others were trapped in the wreckage. Emergency responders transported five people to the hospital, three in critical condition. According to witnesses, the SUV may have been involved in a street race with another car prior to the accident.


“Passengers who suffer serious trauma in a crash may hold the negligent driver liable for their recovery-related expenses by filing personal injury claims,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis. “In the event that a passenger does not survive the accident, his or her family may pursue a wrongful death claim against the driver.”


Long Beach accounted for 19 of the 346 fatalities and 1,986 of the 62,881 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in crashes that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Speeding was a contributing factor to 254 of the fatal and injury collisions that occurred in the city that year.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Vernon Onofia, the passenger who was killed in the crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the five people who were injured.


The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Long Beach crash.


Additional information on the injury and the wrongful death claims process is available to the pubic free of charge through our office.


If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to discuss a specific legal matter with a California car accident lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.