At about 6 p.m. on Monday, January 21, a vehicle struck and injured 16-year-old pedestrian Yamilett Venegas in Napa. While traveling northbound on Soscol Avenue in a 2001 Honda Accord, 30-year-old Nicole Bors hit Venegas as she traversed a marked crossing at Central Avenue. Venegas sustained a concussion and trauma to her foot and knee and was taken to an area hospital. Authorities are investigating the accident.
“When a motorist’s negligence causes harm to a pedestrian, the victim may pursue a personal injury claim against the driver in order to be compensated for the cost of his or her recovery,” explained California attorney James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”
Twenty-four pedestrians suffered serious or fatal injury in accidents that occurred in Napa in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. The OTS ranked Napa 39th out of 103 cities for the number of pedestrian accidents 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 Yamilett Venegas.
The Napa Valley Register originally reported this accident.
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