A pedestrian accident left a 9-year-old boy injured the afternoon of November 9, 2010. The Daily Breeze reports that the injury pedestrian accident happened on Ronald Avenue in Torrance when the boy, who was crossing the street, was hit by a car. The injured victim was taken to a local medical center for treatment of serious injuries. The boy is said to be in stable condition. An investigation is ongoing.
I sympathize with this young victim and his family for what they are going through at this time. I wish the boy the very best for a swift and full recovery. He and his family will be in my prayers.
There were nine fatalities and 480 injuries involving Torrance car accidents, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). During the same year, 667 people died and 52,229 were injured as a result of Los Angeles County car accidents.
Laws and Liability Issues
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.”
It is not clear whether the boy was crossing the road in a marked or unmarked crosswalk at the time. If that was the case, the motorist can be cited for failing to yield right-of-way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and also be held civilly liable for the boy’s injuries. I trust officials are also looking into whether the driver was impaired, distracted, speeding or otherwise negligent in this case.
It would be in the best interests of injured victims in such cases to seek the counsel of a reputed Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights are protected. A skilled car accident lawyer will also be able to determine whether a dangerous condition on the roadway caused or contributed to the car accident. If that was the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could also be held liable. Under California Government Code Section 911.2, any personal injury claim against a public entity must be filed within six months of the incident.
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