A California teen has been left in a coma after a motorist failed to yield at a Bakersfield crosswalk on Oct. 16. The girl was accompanied by a classmate, who was also struck, while crossing the street at an intersection near their high school. The accident occurred around 6:40 a.m. Both girls had to be transported to Kern Medical Center for treatment of major injuries.
The driver of the vehicle, a 26-year-old female, was reportedly distracted at the time of the incident. While cellphone use was not thought to be a contributing factor, police say she was searching through her center console when the accident occurred. Additionally, drugs and alcohol were not thought to be factors, but police were still investigating at the time of the report to see if charges would be filed against the driver for causing personal injury to the girls.
Residents of the area said the accident did not surprise them. Many claim that drivers go straight through the crosswalk in question without ever stopping. The California Highway Patrol wanted to remind everyone that the speed in school zones is 25 mph, though it was not known whether the driver in this incident was speeding.
Even when pedestrians follow all of the rules of using crosswalks, such as in this accident, negligent drivers can still strike them and cause serious injuries. When this occurs, victims can be left with debt from hospital bills and injuries that affect them for the rest of their lives. With legal help, however, it is possible for them to recover fair compensation to assist in their recovery.
Source: KernGoldenEmpire.com, "Two students hit by car, one in coma", October 16, 2014