At about 7:15 a.m. on Friday, April 12, 18-year-old Ryan Geiger was seriously injured in a collision with a school bus in Lake Elsinore. While transporting three dozen students in a Lake Elsinore Unified District school bus westbound on Canyon Ridge Drive, 43-year-old Jeania White stopped at the intersection with Summerhill Drive in preparation to turn; she observed Geiger’s white Honda Prelude approaching northbound on Summerhill but misjudged its speed and turned, at which point the two vehicles collided. Emergency responders transported Geiger to an area hospital to receive treatment for major trauma. None of the students were injured. White was taken to a hospital after complaining of not feeling well. Authorities do not suspect that drugs or alcohol contributed to the accident.
“When a collision results in injury, the at-fault driver may be held liable for the expenses associated with the victim’s recovery,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”
Throughout Lake Elsinore, traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 168 people in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. One of the accidents that resulted in injury or death involved a driver under the age of 21 that year. The OTS ranked Lake Elsinore 64th out of 103 cities for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes in a ranking 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 Ryan Geiger, the teen who was seriously injured in the collision with the school bus.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Lake Elsinore crash.
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