At about 11:47 p.m. on Friday, February 15, a head-on DUI crash occurred in Nuevo, trapping four people in the wreckage. While traveling westbound on the Ramona Expressway, the 22-year-old driver of a 2004 Pontiac ran over a mattress near Martin Street, dragging it before swerving into opposing lanes of traffic, where he collided with a 1991 Nissan sedan. Utilizing hydraulic tools, firefighters extricated four occupants from the smashed vehicles. Emergency responders transported the 51-year-old male driver of the Nissan and a 25-year-old passenger of the Pontiac to an area hospital to receive treatment for injuries ranging from moderate to major. The driver of the Pontiac sustained minor injuries and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
“When vehicle occupants are injured in a crash, they may hold the at-fault driver liable for the cost of their recoveries by filing personal injury claims,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis.
The California Office of Traffic Safety indicates that 11,417 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents that occurred in Riverside County in 2010. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 1,471 of the crashes that resulted in injury or death in the county that year. The OTS ranked Riverside 36th out of 58 counties for the number of alcohol-related accidents that occurred there that year; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the two people who were seriously injured in the DUI crash.
www.mydesert.com originally reported this Nuevo head-on collision.
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