Shortly before 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, 26-year-old Elaine Castaneda was seriously injured in a collision in Bakersfield. While traveling westbound on 21st Street in a 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck, 19-year-old Mary Ward turned left in front of a Jeep near Oak Street. While neither Ward, nor the driver of the Jeep, 34-year-old Alfredo Feliz, were injured in the crash, a passenger in the Jeep, 26-year-old Elaine Castaneda, sustained major trauma to her right leg. Authorities are investigating the accident.
“Passengers who are injured in motor vehicle collisions may file personal injury claims against the at-fault drivers in order to be compensated for the expense of their recoveries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.
Traffic collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 1,343 people in Bakersfield in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current statistics. The OTS ranked Bakersfield 11th out of 13 cities with similarly sized populations for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to Elaine Castaneda, the passenger who was seriously injured in the collision in Bakersfield.
The Bakersfield Californian originally reported this crash.
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