Babysitter and Young Children Struck by Vehicle after Driver Ignores Stop Sign
As children throughout Sacramento return to school this month, it is vitally important that drivers are on the lookout for pedestrians at all times in order to avoid dangerous and potentially fatal accidents. Unfortunately, as summer vacations end and students return to class, they are inevitably exposed to more drivers and an increased likelihood of being involved in school zone and pedestrian accidents.
A tragic pedestrian accident happened last week, after a local babysitter and two young children in her care, were struck by a car while attempting to cross the street. This accident happened at an intersection using a designated pedestrian crosswalk. Local residents claim that this intersection has a history of dangerous driver behavior, and are urging residents in the area to observe and obey both stop signs and posted school-zone warnings.
This recent accident occurred on Lever Boulevard in Stockton, CA on the morning of Tuesday, August 25th. The crosswalk where the accident took place is across the street from Taylor Elementary School, and just down the street from a Child Care center for preschool students.
Despite multiple stop signs and warnings about the pedestrian crossing, the car in question was attempting to speed around an SUV that was stopped at the intersection to let the pedestrians safely cross. When the driver sped through the intersection, they tragically struck the babysitter and two children.
Thankfully, there were no fatal injuries that resulted from this accident. However, this type of incident serves as a disturbing reminder of the type of danger that parents and students face when walking to and from school.
Pedestrian accidents can have devastating consequences and remain a very serious problem for residents in Sacramento and throughout California. Here are some statistics that show just how frequently these types of accidents take place:
• According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,
a total of
4,735 pedestrians were killed
in traffic crashes nationwide in 2013, and another 66,000 were injured.
• In 2013, 21% of all children killed in a traffic crash were pedestrians.
• Of the 66,000 total pedestrians injured in traffic accidents in 2013, 9% were children between the ages 10-14. This was the highest rate of injury among any age group.
• A total of 236 children under the age of 14 were fatally injured in traffic crashes in 2013.
• For the second year in a row, California had the highest number of pedestrian fatalities in the country in 2013 with 701 total deaths.
At Del Rio & Carichoff, Sacramento Personal Injury law firm, we represent victims of school zone and pedestrian accidents. If you were struck by a vehicle while jogging, biking, or simply walking to pick your kids up from school or extracurricular activities, you can turn to Del Rio & Carichoff for help and guidance.
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