A rollover crash in Hemet caused serious injuries to a woman the afternoon of July 31, 2012. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the injury crash occurred on Menlo Avenue. Officials say the woman was driving east on Menlo at about 35 mph when her 2008 Honda Civic struck a ditch near Buchanan Street and rolled over several times. She was taken by ambulance to a local hospital after complaining of chest pains. No one else was injured. Investigators are looking into what caused this rollover crash.
My thoughts and prayers are with the injured victim of this rollover accident. I wish her the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Riverside Crash Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were five fatalities and 335 injuries as a result of car accidents in Hemet. Also, during the same year, 203 people died and 7,974 were injured due to Riverside County car accidents.
Dangerous Roadway Condition
Based on this news report, it appears that the woman’s vehicle struck a ditch and overturned even as she was traveling at 35 mph. There are several questions here. Did this accident occur as the result of a dangerous condition on the roadway, specifically, the ditch? Have there been other similar incidents on that roadway? Were there any signs posted at that location warning motorists about the ditch? I trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.
In such cases, if a dangerous condition on the roadway caused or contributed to the incident, the governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can be held liable for the victims’ injuries and damages. Injured victims can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages.
Victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced Riverside County personal injury lawyer who has experience pursuing compensation from governmental agencies on behalf of injured victims and their families. Under California Government Code Section 911.2, any personal injury claim against a governmental agency must be filed within 180 days of the incident.