In the early hours of Saturday, July 7th, a vehicle struck and killed 39-year-old pedestrian Lourdes Jauregui in Cathedral City. The accident occurred on Date Palm Drive near Gerald Ford Drive. Authorities pronounced Jauregui dead at about 1:50 a.m. The accident is under investigation.
“Whether inside or outside of a crosswalk, pedestrians have rights,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis, “and, in many cases, may seek compensation for expenses related to their injuries. In the event that a pedestrian does not survive the accident, his or her family may pursue a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver.”
Throughout Cathedral City, 17 pedestrians were killed or injured in traffic accidents in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The agency compared the collision data for 103 cities with populations ranging in size from 50,001 to 100,000 residents, giving those with the poorest records the highest ratings, with 1st place being the worst. That year, Cathedral City ranked 36th for pedestrian safety.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Lourdes Jauregui, the pedestrian who the vehicle struck and killed early this morning.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this fatal accident.
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