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School Zone Pedestrian Accidents in California

Posted by attorney Steven Sweat

Along with the excitement at the start of the school year comes an increased risk of traffic-related injuries to our youth. Young pedestrians and bicycle riders are sharing roads with motorists who have grown accustomed to school zones that have been quiet during the summer. According to a recent "CBS2" local news segment, there were over 100 fatalities or injuries of school children in school safety zones last year. The main culprits were drivers failing to abide by the 20 mph speed limit and striking pedestrian children in cross walks and other areas around schools. The California Vehicle Code, section 21950 (a) states as follows: "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." If you are someone you know has been injured in or around a school including at an intersection or crosswalk, it is important to get legal representation as soon as possible to avoid any prejudice to the child's rights to be fully compensated for all medical expenses and pain and suffering related to these accident in Los Angeles or Southern California.

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