Shortly after 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 25, a van and a cement truck collided in Irwindale, injuring ten people. While entering the southbound 605 Freeway from the Live Oak Avenue on-ramp, the cement truck veered across a dirt embankment and collided with the van in the third lane, the impact sending the truck into the center divider, which caused it to overturn. Emergency responders transported nine occupants of the van to hospitals to receive treatment for minor to moderate injuries. The driver of the cement truck, 43-year-old Richard Banuelos, suffered major trauma and was also taken to a hospital. Authorities are investigating the accident.
“When a motor vehicle collision results in trauma, the victims may hold the at-fault party liable for the expense of their recoveries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”
Irwindale accounted for 2 of the 346 fatalities and 254 of the 62,881 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in crashes that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranked Los Angeles 15th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury collisions 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 the ten people who were injured when the van and the cement truck collided.
The San Gabriel Valley Tribune originally reported this Irwindale crash.
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