Shortly before 6 p.m. on Monday, March 11, a vehicle struck and injured two female pedestrians in Temecula. While traveling westbound on Pauba Road, the driver of a Toyota Matrix veered into the bike lane and hit the two women. One woman was thrown from the point of impact and sustained major trauma; the other suffered moderate injuries. Emergency responders transported them to an area hospital. Authorities suspect that the glare from the sun may have impacted the driver’s vision and contributed to the accident.
“Pedestrians who suffer injury due to the negligence of motorists may pursue personal injury claims against the drivers in order to be compensated for the cost of their recoveries,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
Temecula accounted for none of the 31 fatalities and 7 of the 370 injuries suffered by pedestrians in crashes that occurred in Riverside County, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety compares the accident statistics of cities with similarly sized populations, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, with 1st place considered the worst. That year, Temecula ranked 53rd out of 53 cities for its incidence of fatal and injury pedestrian accidents.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the two women who were struck and injured.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Temecula accident.
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