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Banning: Drunk Driver Struck, Seriously Injured Motorcyclist


Shortly after 9 p.m. on Friday, October 5, a suspected drunk driver struck and seriously injured a 47-year-old motorcyclist in Banning. The crash occurred in the 3800 block of West Wilson Street. Emergency responders transported the man to a local hospital. Police arrested 53-year-old Dawn Belville on suspicion of felony drunk driving with injury. Witnesses, or anyone with information, are asked to contact investigators at 951-922-3170.

“When a motorcyclist suffers major trauma in a crash, the rider may obtain compensation from the negligent party for expenses associated with his or her recovery,” explained a California motorcycle injury lawyer, “including for medical bills, lost earnings, and pain and suffering.”

Banning accounted for 1 of the 36 fatalities and 3 of the 507 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in crashes that occurred in Riverside County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranked Banning 72nd out of 93 cities with populations ranging between 25,001 and 50,000 for its incidence of fatal and injury motorcycle accidents; 1st place is the worst ranking a city may receive.

All of us Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to wish the motorcyclist the drunk driver struck and injured a full recovery.

The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Banning collision.

Resources for accident victims, such as books and articles on handling a claim for compensation after a motorcycle crash resulting in injury, are available to the public free of charge through our office.

If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California motorcycle injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

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