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West Covina: Drowsy Driver Rear-Ended, Injured Maria Beltran on 10 Freeway


At about 5:30 p.m. on Monday, October 1, a drowsy driver rear-ended and injured 50-year-old Maria Beltran, of Fontana, on the 10 Freeway in West Covina. Beltran’s Honda Civic was disabled on the right should of the eastbound side of the freeway near Azusa Avenue when a 2007 Toyota Scion veered off the road and into the back of the car, the impact pushing it into a tow truck in front of it. Firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to extricate her from the wreckage. She suffered a broken arm and was taken to an area hospital. The 21-year-old driver of the Scion told investigators that she had fallen asleep at the wheel.

“When a crash results in injuries, the victims may seek compensation from the negligent party for the cost of their recoveries through the personal injury claims process,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.

West Covina accounted for 2 of the 346 deaths and 574 of the 62,881 injuries that were suffered in car crashes in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. In a 2005 study, the National Sleep Foundation found that approximately eleven million drivers had been involved in a accident or almost been in a crash because they had fallen asleep while driving or were too tired to operate the vehicle.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to Maria Beltran, the woman who was rear-ended and injured by the drowsy driver.

The Pasadena-Star News originally reported this West Covina crash.

Additional information on the injury claims process is available to the public free of charge through our office.

If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California car accident lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

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