At about 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 16th, 21-year-old Jose Meza was seriously injured in a rear-end collision in Hanford. After their initial investigation, authorities determined that 26-year-old Mario Martinez was traveling on 10th Avenue between Grangeville Boulevard and Leland Way in an Allmark Janitorial Services van when he abruptly changed direction and veered into the bike lane, rear-ending a parked Honda Civic. Meza, who was sitting in the Civic at the time, suffered major head trauma and was taken to a hospital. Martinez sustained minor injuries and did not seek medical attention.
“When a motorist’s negligence causes harm to another, the victim may hold the motorist liable for expenses related to his or her injuries,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis.
Hanford accounted for none of the 26 fatalities and 217 of the 706 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in traffic collisions that occurred in Kings County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s most current accident statistics. Comparing the number of fatal and injury crashes in 104 cities with populations ranging in size from 50,001 to 100,000, the California Office of Traffic Safety ranked Hanford 37th that year in a system in which 1st place is the worst a city may receive.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to Jose Meza, the man who was seriously injured in the rear-end collision last Saturday.
Resources for accident victims, such as books and articles on the process of seeking compensation for injury-related expenses through a personal injury claim, are available to the public free of charge.
If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California car accident attorney, feel free to call 866-981-5596.