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Riverside: Drunk Driver Caused Crash that Injured Woman and Toddler


Shortly before 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30th, a suspected drunk driver caused a crash that injured a woman and toddler in Riverside. While traveling eastbound on El Cerrito in a Nissan 300Z, the 21-year-old man sideswiped a small Ford SUV while turning right onto Sycamore Canyon, the impact sending both vehicles onto the sidewalk where a 28-year-old woman was pushing her 10-month-old son in a stroller. Paramedics transported them to a hospital to receive treatment for their injuries. Authorities arrested the driver on suspicion of felony DUI.

“Drivers who cause accidents while violating traffic safety laws may be held liable for the cost of treating the victims’ injuries, as well as for other expenses associated with their recovery,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.

The city of Riverside accounted for 4 of the 40 fatalities and 88 of the 395 injuries suffered by pedestrians in traffic accidents throughout the county in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s most current data. In its 2011 report, “Dangerous by Design,” Transportation for America ranked the Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario metro area the 5th most dangerous for pedestrians in the nation.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the mother and toddler who were injured in the crash the drunk driver caused.

The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Riverside accident.

Resources for accident victims and their families, such as articles on pedestrian rights and on the injury claims process, 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.

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