A 57-year-old man was seriously injured in a Simi Valley car accident after he was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street. According to a news report in The Ventura County Star, the injury pedestrian accident happened at the intersection of Royal Avenue and Sycamore Drive, the night of August 18, 2011. Police are still looking into whether the man was in the crosswalk when the collision occurred. The pedestrian was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. An investigation is ongoing.
I deeply sympathize with the victim who has sustained major injuries here. I pray for his swift and full recovery.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person was killed and 23 were injured due to pedestrian accidents in Simi Valley. In Ventura County as a whole, 10 deaths and 196 injuries were reported involving pedestrian accidents, during the same year.
Based on this news report, the pedestrian was struck as he crossed Royal Avenue. The intersection has clearly marked crosswalks and officials are trying to determine who had the light at the time and if the pedestrian was in the crosswalk. Motorists are required under the law to yield right-of-way to pedestrians 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.”
If the driver is determined to have been at fault, he or she can be held liable for the serious injuries caused to the pedestrian. Injured victims can seek compensation from at-fault motorists to cover medical expenses, loss of earnings, hospitalization, surgery, physical therapy, and other damages. Car accident victims would be well-advised to contact an experienced Ventura personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all facets of the incident and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.