Shortly before 9:15 p.m. on Sunday, January 13, 85-year-old Anna Bilous was killed in a pedestrian accident in Desert Hot Springs. A vehicle struck Bilous near the intersection of Palm Drive and Park Lane. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities are investigating the crash.
“Whether walking inside or outside of a crosswalk, pedestrians have rights,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis, “and may hold a negligent driver liable for the expense of their recovery following an accident. Should the pedestrian succumb to his or her injuries, the family may file a wrongful death claim against the driver.”
Desert Hot Springs accounted for 2 of the 31 fatalities and 4 of the 370 injuries suffered by pedestrians in crashes that occurred in Riverside County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. California’s incidence of pedestrian fatalities increased 3.9 percent from 601 in 2010 to 625 in 2011.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Anna Bilous, the woman killed in the pedestrian accident.
Mydesert.com originally reported this Desert Hot Springs accident.
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