At about 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 7th, 48-year-old Stanley Hilton and 39-year-old Andrea Virdell were seriously injured in a head-on collision in Napa. While traveling southbound on Highway 12/121 in a Mercury Cougar, Hilton veered into opposing lanes of traffic near Cuttings Wharf Road and struck the Dodge pickup truck Virdell was driving. After being extricated from the wreckage, the two drivers were transported to hospitals for treatment.
“When a motorist causes a crash resulting in serious trauma to another vehicle occupant, he or she may be held liable for expenses incurred by that party during recovery,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis, “such as from medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”
The city of Napa accounted for 1 of the 11 fatalities and 353 of the 862 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in traffic crashes throughout the county in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Statewide, 366 fewer people lost their lives in collisions the following year, an 11.9 percent decrease from 3,081 to 2,715.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to Stanley Hilton and Andrea Virdell, the drivers who were seriously injured in the head-on collision last Saturday.
The Napa Valley Register originally reported this crash.
Resources for accident victims, including books and articles on the process of seeking compensation for injury-related expenses from the at-fault driver’s insurer, are available to the public free of charge.
To request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.