Police were continuing to investigate an early morning Anaheim car accident on Wednesday, September 17, that left an elementary school student injured. A spokesperson for the Anaheim Police Department said that the female student was attempting to cross the street at Lincoln and Monterey. She was reportedly in a crosswalk when she was struck by a motor vehicle.
No Crossing Guard Present
Authorities report that the girl arrived at the crosswalk at approximately 7 a.m., and that the crossing guard assigned to assist students that morning had not yet arrived to direct traffic. The student required transport to a local hospital to be treated for her injuries. The full extent of her injuries was not known right away, but the injuries were described as being critical in nature.
The motorist allegedly involved in the pedestrian accident did stop and speak with responding officers. No citations were immediately issued by the police, but the police investigation into the incident was said to be ongoing.
Safety of Students Walking to School
Crossing guards are typically placed at key intersections in an attempt to ensure the safety of students that are walking to school in the morning. It is not known in this case whether the girl arrived early at the crosswalk, or whether the crossing guard was late. A subsequent investigation that addresses this issue may be pertinent to the case.
It is also not known under what exact circumstances the car struck the student in the crosswalk. However, there are California state statutes that address the circumstances under which pedestrians have the right-of-way. Such laws exist, in part, to protect pedestrians that are particularly vulnerable in traffic.
In a pedestrian accident in which negligent conduct can be reasonably claimed, a personal injury lawsuit may be filed on behalf of the injured party. This type of suit must be filed in a civil court with proper jurisdiction, and it must be filed in a timely manner. Such litigation may seek compensation for unpaid medical expenses, pain and suffering, possible long-term medical treatment and other losses.
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