A 12-year-old girl sustained injuries in a Los Angeles car accident when a car struck her in front of her school. According to an article in The Glendale News-Press, the injury pedestrian accident occurred on Monterey Road in Glendale the morning of December 6, 2010. Officials say the girl was struck by a car moments after getting dropped off at school. She suffered injuries, which were not life-threatening. The young victim was in a crosswalk at the time of the car accident.
My heart goes out to this young girl who escaped serious injuries in the pedestrian accident. I wish her the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. She will be in my prayers.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), three people were killed and 91 were injured in Glendale pedestrian accidents. In Los Angeles County as a whole 214 fatalities and 4,985 injuries were reported as a result of pedestrian accidents during the same year.
Laws Involving Pedestrians
California law requires motorists to yield right-of-way to pedestrians who are walking in marked or unmarked crosswalks. California Vehicle Code Section 21950 states: “The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.” The same section also states that the driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk “shall exercise all due care and shall reduce the speed of a vehicle or take any other action relating to the operating of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian.”
Based on this news report, the driver apparently told police that he was not able to see the girl because of traffic ahead. I trust officials are looking into whether the driver was distracted, speeding or otherwise negligent at the time. If it is determined that the driver was at fault, he could be held liable for the girl’s injuries. A skilled Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will also be able to determine whether a dangerous condition existed on the roadway or in the school zone. If that was the case the city and/or the school district can also be held liable. Please remember that any personal injury claim against a California governmental agency must be filed within 180 days of the incident.
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