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La Palma: Teenager Seriously Injured In Crosswalk

By Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie on November 3, 2010

At around 6:45 this morning, a car struck a teenager while she was traversing a marked crosswalk in La Palma. The 16-year-old John F. Kennedy High School student was seriously injured in the accident and taken to a nearby hospital. Witnesses have been asked to call the La Palma Police Department at 714-690-3370.

In the United States, a pedestrian is killed in a traffic collision every two hours and injured every eight minutes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). California led the nation in pedestrian deaths in 2008, accounting for 620 of the 4,378 fatalities that occurred throughout the country that year.

Whether a pedestrian is using a designated crosswalk or not, drivers must yield the right-of-way to that person in most situations. If a driver fails to yield for a pedestrian—either as a consequence of recklessness or inattentiveness—that person may be held liable for any injury-related losses the pedestrian incurs, including medical bills, the loss of wages and future earning capacity, and pain and suffering.

Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish the teenager seriously injured in the crosswalk this morning a full recovery.

The Orange County Register originally reported this La Palma accident.

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