At about 8:40 p.m. on Sunday, May 13th, a pickup truck struck and seriously injured a 4-year-old boy in Palm Desert. The boy was crossing the street at the intersection of Fred Waring Drive and San Pablo Avenue with his mother when the truck ran a red light and hit him. He was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. Witnesses have been asked to contact traffic investigators at 760-836-1600.
“When a driver fails to heed a traffic signal or safety law and causes an accident resulting in serious trauma, the driver may be held liable for the expense of treating the victim’s injuries and recovery,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
Palm Desert accounted for none of the 40 fatalities and 15 of the 395 injuries suffered by pedestrians in traffic accidents throughout Riverside County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Comparing 104 cities with populations ranging in size from 50,001 to 100,000 residents, the California Office of Traffic Safety ranked Palm Desert 67th for fatal and injury accidents suffered by pedestrians under the age of 15.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the boy who was struck and seriously injured by the pickup truck.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Palm Desert pedestrian accident.
Resources for accident victims and their families, including articles on pedestrian rights and on the process of pursuing an injury claim, 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.