At around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30th, a truck struck and injured ten students, three of them critically, in Hemet. The accident occurred on Stetson Avenue, which is located in front of the Hemet High School campus. Their injuries ranged from minor to serious, with two students refusing medical attention; the others were transported to local hospitals. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.
“In many cases, pedestrians who suffer injuries due to the negligence of a driver may hold the driver liable for expenses associated with their recovery,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
Hemet accounted for 2 of the 40 fatalities and 28 of the 395 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in traffic accidents that occurred throughout Riverside County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s most current crash statistics. That year, Hemet ranked 41st out of 58 cities for pedestrian accidents 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 wish a full recovery to the ten students who the truck struck and injured.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Hemet pedestrian accident.
Resources for accident victims and their families, such as articles on pedestrian rights and on the process of pursuing an injury claim, are available to the public free of charge.
If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.