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Teen Suffers Critical Injuries in Camarillo Car Crash

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A 17-year-old boy was severely injured in a Ventura County car accident after a car struck him at a street intersection. According to a news report in The Ventura County Star, the major injury collision occurred the afternoon of July 11, 2012 at the intersection of Arneill Road and Rocklyn Street in Camarillo. The teen who was carrying a skateboard was transported to a local hospital where he underwent surgery. He is said to be in critical condition. The victim’s name has not been released. No one has been arrested or cited in connection with this crash. The investigation is ongoing.

My thoughts and prayers are with the young victim of this pedestrian accident, who is apparently fighting for his life. I wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

Ventura County Pedestrian Collisions

According to California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person died and 12 were injured due to pedestrian accidents in the city of Camarillo in 2009. In Ventura County as a whole, accidents involving pedestrians caused 10 fatalities and injured 196 people, during the same year.

Laws Relating to Pedestrians

Based on this news article, it appears that the driver of the car struck the teen pedestrian as he was walking at the street intersection. It is not clear if the victim was walking in the crosswalk at the time.

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

I trust officials are looking into whether the driver was distracted, under the influence, speeding or inattentive at the time. If the driver is determined to have been at fault, he or she can be held liable for the victim’s injuries. Pedestrian accident victims in such cases can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and pain and suffering. A knowledgeable personal injury attorney in Ventura will be able to determine whether a dangerous roadway condition caused or contributed to the incident. If that was the case, the city or 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 governmental entity must be filed within 180 days of the incident.

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