Pedestrian Accident Injures Student Near Manteca
I’m Ed Smith, a Manteca car accident lawyer. A student was on their way to school on the morning of Friday, September 22, 2017. The student was struck by an oncoming vehicle. Unfortunately, the accident caused the student to suffer traumatic injuries.
We pray for a speedy and full recovery for the affected party of this tragic pedestrian accident.
A senior from East Union High School was on her way to school. She was at an intersection near the school campus when an oncoming vehicle crashed into her. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene following the collision.
Was She Injured?
The student suffered serious injuries following the pedestrian accident. She was hospitalized with broken bones and a brain injury. According to a family friend, she is expected to have a long path to recovery.
What Caused the Accident?
The cause of the accident is not yet known. Authorities generally take one to two weeks to process a Traffic Collision Report. The area where the pedestrian accident occurred may have played a role. Students in an interview indicated that it would be useful and safe for the school to implement a designated drop-off zone to avoid such occurrences. Aside from this, many Manteca residents discussed on social media that the morning sun makes the roadway hazardous for both drivers and pedestrians.
Accidents Involving Pedestrians
Pedestrian accidents raise unique issues, especially when they involve young children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in every five children under the age of fifteen suffered fatal injuries in pedestrian accidents in 2015.
Such accidents are typically caused by:
- Distracted Drivers
- Drunk Drivers
- Reckless Drivers
Pedestrians, like motorists, also carry the responsibility of following the rules of the road. Failure to do so can result in a case dismissal and/or reduced recovery compensation.
Insurance Protection for Pedestrian Accidents
An essential coverage to equip on an automobile insurance policy is Uninsured/Under-insured Motorist Protection (UM). This protection is not required by California state law, however, it is critical to have for unexpected incidents. UM protection is a type of insurance that covers one that has been involved in an accident with an uninsured/under-insured party and/or hit-and-run driver. This coverage may also extend to bicycle and pedestrian accidents. UM benefits are not restricted by any time frame, however, it is important to file a claim to your insurance company as soon as possible. By accordance of California Code of Civil Procedure 335.1, a pedestrian accident claim must be filed within the statute of limitations, which is two years from the date of an injury. This means that if one does not file suit within this time period, a California court will likely dismiss the case. It is best to consult with an experienced Manteca personal injury lawyer for more details.
Manteca Car Accident Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Manteca car accident lawyer. Pedestrian accidents oftentimes lead to tragic, life-changing outcomes. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident, please call me at (209) 227-1931 for free, friendly advice. Or, I may be contacted toll-free at (800) 404-5400.
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