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Pedestrian Injured in Riverside Car Accident

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A 33-year-old woman was seriously injured in a Riverside car accident after she was hit by a vehicle, the night of September 6, 2011. According to a news report in The Press Enterprise, the pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of Cactus Avenue and Commerce Center Drive in Moreno Valley. A Honda Accord had exited the 215 Freeway onto Cactus when it struck the woman. The victim was severely injured in the crash. It is not clear at this time if the 22-year-old female driver of the Honda will be cited for the collision.

My thoughts and prayers are with the woman injured in this accident. I wish her the very best for a complete and quick recovery.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person was killed and 24 were injured in Moreno Valley pedestrian accidents. During that same year, Riverside County pedestrian accidents claimed 39 lives and injured 370 people.

What Caused This Serious Injury Accident?

The news account does not specify how this accident occurred. It appears that the victim was crossing at a street intersection. But it is not clear if she had the light or was in a crosswalk at the time. California law requires motorists to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in 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.”

Fault and Liability

If the driver of the Honda is determined to have been at fault, then, she can be held liable for the resulting injuries and damages. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation for all medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, and other related damages. An experienced Riverside personal injury lawyer will be able to determine whether a dangerous roadway condition may have caused or contributed to the incident. If that was the case, the city of governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable. Under California Government Code Section 911.2, any personal injury claim against a public entity must be filed within 180 days of the incident.

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