Two girls were injured, one of them critically, in a Ventura car accident as they attempted to cross the street the afternoon of November 29, 2009. According to a news report in the Ventura County Star, the 11- and 12-year-old girls were crossing Saticoy Avenue near the Ventura Community Church, when a car driven by 43-year-old Esaul Alamillo struck them. Police say there was no evidence of drugs or alcohol at the scene. Both girls were taken to an area hospital and one of them suffered critical injuries. Ventura police officials are looking into what caused this accident.
I sympathize with the families of these two children who were apparently seriously injured in this car accident. I hope and pray that both recover completely and soon from their injuries. Please keep these injured children in your prayers.
Pedestrian Accidents in Ventura
There were three deaths and 27 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in Ventura, California, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). In Ventura County as a whole, eight fatalities and 186 injuries were reported due to pedestrian car accidents in 2007. Countywide, car accidents claimed 71 lives and injured 3,993 people during the same year.
Based on the details provided in this news report, it is not very clear where exactly the girls were walking at the time of the accident. Were they in a marked crosswalk or walking across traffic lanes? Who had the right-of-way at the time of the collision? Was the driver, Alamillo, driving too fast, recklessly or in a negligent manner? If the girls were legally crossing the street in a marked crosswalk, then the driver could be held liable for the accident and resulting injuries.
California Car Accident Laws
California Vehicle Code section 21950 states that a motorist is required to yield right-of-way to pedestrians who are crossing at an intersection or a crosswalk. The code 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.”
In such cases, victims and their families would be well-advised to consult an experienced Ventura car accident lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of an incident and make sure the negligent parties are held liable. If a dangerous condition on the roadway caused or contributed to this accident, the governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could be held liable as well. Any claim against a California governmental agency must be filed within 180 days of the accident or injury.
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