At about 10:15 a.m. on Friday, September 6, a 25-year-old female passenger was seriously injured in a crash on Highway 60 in Jurupa Valley, reported The Press-Enterprise. While traveling eastbound, the Dodge pickup truck in which the Los Angeles woman was riding slowed or stopped in the No. 1 lane and was struck by a Lexus, the impact causing the Dodge to burst into flames. Several motorists stopped to pull the woman, whose head was reportedly on fire, from the Dodge. The driver of a UPS truck used his fire extinguisher to put out the flames. Emergency responders airlifted her to a hospital, where she received treatment for second-degree burns that covered over 70 percent of her body. The drivers of the Dodge and the Lexus sustained minor trauma. Authorities are investigating the accident.
Motor vehicle collisions claimed the lives of 164 people and caused injury to another 10,594 in Riverside County in 2010, with passengers suffering 31 of the deaths and 3,554 of the injuries, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranked Riverside County 46th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.
State law ensures that those who have suffered serious injury in a traffic accident may seek compensation for expenses associated with their recoveries from the party at-fault for the crash. For more information about the rights of accident victims, please call 866-981-5596.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the female passenger who was seriously injured in the crash on Highway 60.