Shortly before 5 p.m. on Monday, February 4, a vehicle struck and killed a 5-year-old girl and injured three other pedestrians in Riverside. A sedan traveling westbound on Indiana Avenue struck a woman, a 16-year-old female, and two toddlers as they crossed between Racine and Erie drives. Emergency responders transported the victims to area hospitals, where the girl succumbed to her injuries. The other toddler was in critical condition. Authorities are investigating the accident.
“Pedestrians have rights, whether using a crosswalk or not,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis. “In the event that a driver causes an accident that seriously or fatally injures a pedestrian, the victim or his or her family may pursue an injury or a wrongful death claim against the driver.”
The city of Riverside accounted for 5 of the 31 fatalities and 65 of the 370 injuries suffered by pedestrians in traffic accidents that occurred in the county in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Eleven of the pedestrians who were killed or injured that year were under the age of 15.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the toddler who was struck and killed. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the three pedestrians who were injured.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Riverside accident.
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