Shortly after 5 p.m. on Monday, August 20, two people were injured in a head-on crash with a driver who fell asleep at the wheel in Larkin Valley. The 29-year-old male driver of a Chevy 1500 pickup truck lost consciousness while traveling westbound on Freedom Boulevard, veered into the oncoming traffic of the opposing lane, and crashed into an eastbound Toyota Tundra, the impact trapping the 46-year-old driver of the Toyota in his vehicle. Firefighters extricated him from the wreckage, and he was airlifted to a hospital. His 16-year-old son, a passenger in the truck, was also taken to a hospital to receive medical attention. Authorities are investigating the collision.
“When motor vehicle occupants are hurt in an accident, the negligent driver may be held liable for the cost of their recovery,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis, “such as for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”
Throughout Santa Cruz County, traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 1,457 people in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Comparing the accident statistics of 58 counties in the state, the OTS ranked Santa Cruz 43rd for its incidence of fatal and injury collisions; 1st place is the worst a county may receive.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the two people who were injured in the head-on collision with the driver who fell asleep.
The Santa Cruz Sentinel originally reported this Larkin Valley crash.
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