At about 10:20 a.m. on Tuesday, October 16, a pickup truck struck and seriously injured 77-year-old pedestrian Louise Sparlin in Napa. While traveling northbound on Seminary Street, 52-year-old John Ray turned left onto Calistoga Avenue and hit Sparlin, who was in a crosswalk at the time. Paramedics transported her to an area hospital to receive treatment for major trauma. Authorities are investigating the accident.
“When a driver’s negligence causes harm to a pedestrian, the pedestrian may pursue a personal injury claim against the driver in order to obtain compensation for expenses associated with his or her recovery,” explained California lawyer James Ballidis.
The city of Napa accounted for 1 of the two fatalities and 23 of the 30 injuries suffered by pedestrians in traffic accidents that occurred in the county in 2010, 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, Napa ranked 39th out of 103 cities with populations ranging from 50,001 to 100,000 residents for pedestrian safety.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to Louise Sparlin, the pedestrian who was struck and seriously injured by the truck.
The Napa Valley Register originally reported this accident.
Additional information on pedestrian rights and on the injury and the wrongful death 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 personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.
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