MURRIETA, California – A 16-year-old skateboarder suffered serious head injuries Friday after being struck by a driver on Jefferson Avenue at Nutmeg Street as the teenager was traveling through the intersection, according to a story reported in Southwest Riverside News Network.

Paramedics transported the injured teen to Inland Valley Medical Center for treatment of his injuries about 9 p.m., according to the article.

“Motorists should be on the alert to all types of pedestrians including skateboarders and bicyclists who generally have the right of way when crossing an intersection,” Attorney West Thomas said. “Drivers who do not yield the right of way may be liable for a victim’s medical care, pain and suffering and other losses.”

The skateboarder crash was reported within minutes of another pedestrian car accident that killed an elderly man on Kalmia Street and Jefferson Avenue. In that crash, the driver of a Mercedes sedan struck 77-year-old Norman J. Voorhees who died of his injuries at Inland Valley Medical Center. The driver and witnesses were questioned by police and later released.

Riverside County Car Accident Statistics

There were 203 deaths and 7,974 injuries reported due to car accidents in Riverside County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Report.

In California, fatal traffic accidents were down 12% to 2,715 deaths in 2010 compared to 3,090 killed in 2009, according to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Additionally, national statistics show that traffic fatalities have declined in recent years across the United States, down roughly 3% to 32,885 deaths in 2010 compared to 33,883 killed in 2009.

If you have been involved in a car accident and have been injured we know that this is a painful and confusing situation. We offer our services to help you and your family get on the road to recovery both physically and financially. For roughly 30 years, the legal experts at Thomas Law Firm have represented thousands of clients who were injured in serious traffic accidents or have lost a loved one.

Our legal team has also handled hundreds of wrongful death claims for families of victims killed in traffic accidents. Our staff is compassionate and understands the pain its clients are going through and we want to help them. We know it is an especially difficult time for those clients who are families of those who have been killed in a car crash. Our law firm is not only compassionate, but we have a proven track record supported by settlements ranging from several thousand dollars to millions.

There is no cost to clients until our experienced team of lawyers and legal professionals have won your case. Finding the best car accident attorney can mean you will get the settlement you need to get your life back on track. Compensation for your injuries, loss of wages and pain and suffering can’t take away the trauma of the accident, but it can help you rebuild your life.

Call us today at 1-855-ASK WEST (1-855-275-9378) to speak with our car accident law firm. Thomas Law Firm has offices in California including its headquarters in Irvine. We also have offices outside of Orange County to serve you in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, San Diego, Riverside and in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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