At about 11:36 a.m. on Monday, March 4, 79-year-old pedestrian Earnest Harris was seriously injured in a multiple-vehicle collision in San Bernardino. While traveling northbound on E Street, 22-year-old Mychal Soto ran a red light at Highland Avenue and was struck by two vehicles entering the intersection on a green light, the impact sending him into Harris, who was traversing a marked crosswalk at the time. Harris sustained multiple fractures and other trauma and was taken to an area hospital. Authorities are investigating the crash.
“In the event that a motorist’s negligence results in injury to a pedestrian, the victim may file a personal injury claim against the motorist in order to obtain compensation for recovery-related expenses,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”
Sixty-four pedestrians were killed or injured in traffic accidents that occurred in San Bernardino in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current statistics. Three of the accidents that resulted in injury or death involved a pedestrian over the age of 65 years, with the OTS ranking San Bernardino 32nd out of 53 cities with populations of a similar size for its incidence of pedestrian accidents; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to Earnest Harris.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this multiple-vehicle collision.
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