Two children were injured in a San Bernardino car accident the morning of September 16, 2009 after they were struck by a car while crossing the street on their way to school. According to a news report in the San Bernardino County Sun, an 8-year-old girl is on life support after having suffered critical injuries. Another girl, also 8, sustained injuries that were not life-threatening. The car accident occurred near the corner of Walnut and Riverside avenues in Rialto, California. Police say there was no crosswalk in the area, but that the children were “well across the roadway” when they were struck. The driver of the car that hit the girls has not been cited or arrested pending an investigation.
My heart goes out to the little girl who has been critically injured in this pedestrian accident. I hope and pray both these injured children make a quick and complete recovery from their injuries. They will certainly be in my prayers.
San Bernardino Pedestrian Accidents
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), four fatalities and 34 injuries were reported in Rialto, California, as a result of pedestrian accidents. In San Bernardino County, 50 deaths and 432 injuries involving pedestrian accidents were reported in 2007.
Based on this newspaper report, it is not clear how or why this California car accident occurred. There are many questions here that haven’t quite been answered. Was the driver distracted? Was he or she impaired at the time of the collision? If I were a family member of these young victims I’d want to know if the driver had been speeding or driving recklessly or in any way negligent. I trust police traffic investigators are looking into these and other issues in this case. There is also the question of why there was no crosswalk near a school for the children to get across the street safely. It seems to me that these girls were crossing at an intersection and that the driver should have stopped.
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.”
Car Accident Liability Issues
The families of these injured victims would be well-advised to consult with an experienced California personal injury lawyer California personal injury lawyer who will analyze all aspects of the case and make sure the negligent parties are held accountable for their actions. If a dangerous condition on the roadway caused or contributed to this pedestrian accident, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could be held liable. Please remember that any claim against a governmental agency must be filed within six months of the accident or injury