Two California teens were seriously injured after a distracted driver failed to stop at a crosswalk and struck both of them. The accident occurred on Oct. 16 when the driver of the vehicle, a 26-year-old woman, took her attention away from the road to look through her center console. The accident occurred near the girls' school in Bakersfield at the intersection of Eucalyptus Drive and Weedpatch Highway. Police state that the two teenage victims were in the crosswalk at the time of the accident.
Nearby parents stated that this accident was no surprise considering the dangerous driving behaviors of those traveling along Weedpatch Highway. Citizens claim that drivers often go through the crosswalk without ever stopping. One woman even observed that students often have to stop and wait for motorists to go by. The parent went on to say that she's actually had to flag down motorists to get them to stop at the crosswalk.
Both girls were taken to the hospital after the pedestrian accident. They both suffered major injuries, and one of the girls was left in a coma after the collision. Police state that alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor in the case, but they must finish their investigation before it is decided whether criminal charges will be filed.
Individuals involved in pedestrian accidents often end up with very serious injuries. These types of accidents can lead to expensive hospital bills and serious injuries, but with legal help, the victims of these accidents may be able to recover just compensation for those damages. A lawyer who is familiar with car accident cases may be able to help injured victims build a case and pursue compensation in court.
Source: KernGoldenEmpire.com, "Two students hit by car, one in coma", October 16, 2014