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SIMI VALLEY: 14-Year-Old Skateboarder Injured In Car Accident By Stearns Street and Cochran Street


May 31, 2019

14-Year-Old Boy Riding Skateboard Seriously Injured In Simi Valley Car Accident By The Intersection Of Stearns Street and Cochran Street

SIMI VALLEY, CALIFORNIA (May 30, 2019) – A 14-year-old boy on a skateboard was seriously injured in a car accident after being hit by a car by the intersection of Stearns Street and Cochran Street.

Simi Valley police are saying that the accident took place around 7:45 a.m. The victim is a student at Simi Valley High School. The young boy sustained critical injuries and had to be transported to the hospital. 

A number of Simi Valley High School students saw the accident as they were heading to school. Authorities closed the intersection of Stearns Street and Cochran Street for several hours as an investigation continued. 

Liability In Pedestrian Accidents

Drivers have a legal responsibility to yield the right of way to pedestrians that are in lawfully marked crosswalks. According to California Vehicle Code 21950, “The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except as otherwise provided in this chapter.” Drivers should slow down when pedestrians are present. 

In most areas, drivers are required to reduce their speeds to 12 – 25 mph when children are heading to or leaving school. If a driver was negligent and hit a pedestrian they may face civil liability for the accident. Any person that is injured may be able to collect compensation for medical bills lost wages and pain and suffering. By driver liability is not always the sole source of negligence for an accident. 

 According to California Government Code 830.8, “A public entity may be liable for accidents approximately caused by its failure to provide a signal, sign, marking or device to warn of a dangerous condition which endangers the safe movement of traffic and which would not be reasonably apparent to, and would not have been anticipated by, a person exercising due care.” A number of intersections are dangerous due to a inadequate or missing signs or an obscured line of sight. A pedestrian accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. 

Getting Help After A Skateboard Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to the Simi Valley High School student that was injured in this accident. Any person that may have witnessed what happened should reach out the Simi Valley police department as they continue their investigation. This intersection is very busy. It is our hope that additional safety measures are put in place to prevent other accidents. 

If you or someone that you love has been injured in a car accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you have. We can work to make sure that you get the medical and financial support that you need to fully recover. We’ve been helping accident victims for over 40 years. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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