Shortly before 9 a.m. on Sunday, March 17, a motorist struck and injured 97-year-old pedestrian Mary Friman in Petaluma. While turning left from Sonoma Mountain Parkway onto East Washington Street, 62-year-old Jan Recob hit Friman, who was traversing a crosswalk at Washington Street and Ely Boulevard. Emergency responders transported Friman to an area hospital to receive treatment for moderate trauma. Authorities suspect that the angle of the sun may have obstructed the driver’s view and are investigating the accident.
“When a pedestrian is injured in a traffic accident for which he or she was not at-fault, the victim may file a personal injury claim against the negligent driver in order to receive compensation for recovery-related expenses,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
Petaluma accounted for 1 of the 7 fatalities and 24 of the 124 injuries suffered by pedestrians in traffic accidents that occurred in Sonoma County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Two of the accidents that resulted in injury or death involved pedestrians over the age of 65, with the California Office of Traffic Safety ranking Petaluma 41st out of 103 cities with similarly sized populations for its incidence of pedestrian accidents involving this age group.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to Mary Friman, the pedestrian who was struck and injured.
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