At 12:40 p.m. on Monday, June 25th, 53-year-old motorist Thomas Richard Pruett was seriously injured in a head-on collision in Redlands. While traveling on San Timoteo Canyon Road, the 25-year-old female driver of a Toyota Scion missed a curve and swerved into the opposing lane of traffic, crashing into Pruett’s truck, the impact trapping him behind the wheel and causing a fire to ignite in the engine compartment. Fortunately, two good Samaritans, one of whom happened to have a fire extinguisher, stopped to assist Pruett. He was transported to a hospital to receive treatment for multiple fractures, including to the spine, and a collapsed lung.
“The medical treatment necessary after an auto accident resulting in serious trauma can be prohibitively expensive,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis. “However, the injured party has rights under state law, including the option to seek compensation from the at-fault party for the cost of his or her recovery.”
In the United States, more than 180,000 people die from injuries every year, with injury representing the leading cause of death for people ages 1 to 44, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2009, nearly 34,000 people were killed in motor vehicle collisions, one of the leading causes of injury in the country.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to Thomas Richard Pruett, the motorist who was seriously injured in the head-on collision yesterday.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Redlands crash.
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