On Friday, February 15, two teenage girls were seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident in Long Beach. The driver, 20-year-old Vanessa Flores, struck the two 16-year-old girls as they traversed a crosswalk at the intersection of Cherry Avenue and Bixby Road. Although she fled the scene, she was apprehended a short time later. Authorities arrested her on suspicion of felony hit and run.
“When a driver’s negligence causes harm to a pedestrian, the victim may file a personal injury claim against the driver in order to obtain compensation for the cost of his or her recovery,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost earnings, and pain and suffering.”
Long Beach accounted for 9 of the 198 fatalities and 255 of the 4,786 injuries suffered by pedestrians in traffic accidents that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Hit-and-run was a factor in 163 of the accidents that resulted in injury or death in the city that year.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the two teenage girls who were seriously injured in the hit-and-run accident.
The Long Beach Press-Telegram originally reported this accident.
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