Shortly before 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, 35-year-old Bambie Ruiz, of Santa Maria, was seriously injured in a head-on crash in the Santa Ynez Valley. While traveling eastbound on Highway 154 in a 2013 Nissan Sedan, 23-year-old Bhavik P. Ahir, of Brea, entered westbound lanes of traffic in an attempt to pass a vehicle and collided with Ruiz’s 2006 Chrysler. She suffered major trauma to her legs and was airlifted to an area hospital. Ahir sustained minor injuries. Authorities are investigating the accident but do not suspect that alcohol or drugs were contributing factors.
“After a crash resulting in trauma, the victims may file civil claims against the negligent driver in order to receive compensation for recovery-related expenses,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”
The California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current accident statistics indicate that 2,510 people were killed or injured in collisions in Santa Barbara County in 2010. Drivers aged 21 to 34 were involved in 108 of the collisions that resulted in injury or death in the county that year, which ranked 33rd out of 58 counties for its incidence of such accidents in an OTS 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 Bambie Ruiz, the woman who was seriously injured in the head-on crash.
The Santa Maria Times originally reported this Santa Ynez Valley collision.
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