At about 9:30 p.m. on Friday, December 7, 47-year-old Los Angeles sheriff’s captain Carrie Stuart and a 38-year-old male motorist were injured in a head-on collision in the Santa Clarita Valley. While traveling southbound in a county-owned 2009 Ford on San Francisquito Canyon Road, Stuart veered into opposing lanes of traffic near Stator Lane, striking a 2010 Acura, the impact causing it to overturn on the shoulder of the road. Stuart was critically injured and the other driver sustained moderate trauma. Authorities are investigating the accident.
“After a collision causing injury, the driver determined to be at-fault for the crash may be held liable for the cost of the victims’ recoveries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis, “including for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”
Santa Clarita accounted for 4 of the 346 fatalities and 886 of the 62,881 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in crashes that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranked Santa Clarita 25th out of 53 cities for its incidence of fatal and injury accidents in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to Carrie Stuart and the male motorist who was injured in the head-on collision.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Santa Clarita Valley crash.
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