At about 4:19 p.m. on Saturday, October 5, 20-year-old Thomas Herrera and seven others were injured in a crash with a distracted driver in San Bernardino. Thirty-eight-year-old Jimmy Cardoza became distracted while driving and ran a red light at the intersection of Sixth Street and Arrowhead Avenue, where he collided with Herrera’s eastbound vehicle. Emergency responders transported Cardoza’s child, Herrera, and his six passengers to area hospitals to receive treatment for their injuries. Authorities are investigating the crash.
Distracted driving is a major traffic safety problem in the United States, claiming the lives of 3,331 people and injuring another 387,000 in 2011, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Such crashes accounted for 10 percent of all injury accidents in 2011. In 2010, 3,267 people were killed and 416,000 were injured in distracted driving collisions.
Under California law, those who have suffered injury in a collision for which they were not at-fault may file civil claims in order to be compensated for the expenses associated with their recoveries. To learn more about the rights of accident victims, please call 866-981-5596.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the eight people who were injured in the crash with the distracted driver.