Parents in California are extremely concerned about the safety of their students and any other pedestrians after five people were recently injured in a crosswalk on the way to an elementary school. According to reports, the individuals were walking in a marked crosswalk by Yorkdale Elementary School when an 87-year-old man driving an SUV ran a stop sign and struck five people.
The car accident left all five individuals with varying levels of injury. Three of the victims were children heading to school for the day-one a fifth grader and two third graders. The mother of those children was also injured. In addition, the children’s grandmother tragically suffered severe injuries and died two days after the accident.
The accident has left parents in an uproar over the need for crossing guards with yellow vests and red stop signs. They believe these crossing guards will call more attention to drivers and make accidents of this nature less likely. However, others state that they don’t know that a crossing guard would have helped as they believe the accident was attributed more to driver error or age.
It is unknown whether an accident investigation has determined that the driver of the SUV was a negligent driver and whether he will hold any liability for the causation of the accident. However, in the case of any car accident, if it is determined that a driver acted negligently then it is possible that the injured party may be able to recover damages from that negligent party.
Although establishing negligence and recovering damages may seem to be a straight forward and rather simple process, this is not always the case. Therefore, those that find themselves unexpectedly injured after a car accident may find it very helpful to speak with a personal injury attorney who will be able to help them recover the compensation they need to cover the financial obligations and other hardships that have come up as a result of the accident.
Source: NBC Southern California, “Pedestrian’s Crash Death Prompts Cries for Crossing Guard Near Elementary School,” Sean Fitz-Gerald, Jan. 27, 2014