A 16-year-old boy was injured in a Ventura car accident after a vehicle struck him as he crossed the street. According to a news report in The Ventura County Star, the pedestrian accident occurred in front of Camarillo High School on Mission Oaks Boulevard in Camarillo, the morning of November 1, 2011. The student was walking in a crosswalk when the car struck him. He sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital. It is unclear if the driver will be cited for the crash. The cause of the collision remains under investigation.
My thoughts and prayers are with the injured victim of this pedestrian accident. I am relieved to hear that the teenager did not suffer critical injuries. I wish him the very best for a complete and speedy recovery.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person died and 12 were injured due to pedestrian accidents in Camarillo. Countywide, pedestrian accidents claimed 23 lives and caused 392 injuries, during the same year.
Laws Relating to Pedestrians
Based on this news report, the young victim was walking in the crosswalk at the time of the accident. Under California law, drivers are required to yield the 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 car’s driver is determined to have been at fault, he or she could be held liable for the injuries suffered by the student. Injured victims and their families would be well advised to contact an experienced Ventura personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable. A knowledgeable car accident 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 or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable. Please remember that any personal injury claim against a California public entity must be filed within six months of the accident.