Shortly after 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23rd, a teenager was seriously injured when a vehicle struck him in La Quinta. A 19-year-old motorist hit the 14-year-old boy while he was crossing the street at the intersection of Westward Ho Drive and Dune Palms Road near La Quinta High School, the impact causing him to suffer head trauma and a broken collarbone. Authorities are investigating the accident.
“When pedestrians suffer serious injury due to the negligence of motorists, they may seek damages from the at-fault party for expenses related to their recovery,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
La Quinta accounted for none of the 40 fatalities and 8 of the 395 injuries suffered by pedestrians in traffic accidents that occurred in Riverside County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Comparing the accident data of 98 cities with populations ranging in size from 25,001 to 50,000 residents, the California Office of Traffic Safety ranked La Quinta 67th for pedestrian safety, an above average rating considering that 1st place is the worst a city can receive.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the teenager who was struck and seriously injured by the vehicle yesterday.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this La Quinta pedestrian accident.
Resources for accident victims, such as articles on pedestrian rights and on the injury claims process, 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 personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.