Shortly before 6 a.m. on Thursday, December 13, an SUV struck and killed 62-year-old pedestrian Jose Gonzalez in Homeland. The accident occurred west of Ritter Avenue while he was walking along Highway 74. He was declared dead at the scene. The California Highway Patrol is conducting an investigation of the collision.
“Pedestrians have rights, whether walking inside or outside of crosswalks,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis. “In the event that a pedestrian suffers fatal trauma due to the negligence of a driver, the pedestrian’s family may hold the driver liable for their loss through the wrongful death claims process.”
Traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 396 pedestrians in Riverside County in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. Statewide, the incidence of pedestrian fatalities increased 5.4 percent, from 567 in 2009 to 599 in 2010.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Jose Gonzalez, the man struck and killed by the SUV.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Homeland pedestrian accident.
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