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UPDATE: Lilian J. Rice Elementary School Employee Injured In Chula Vista Car Accident Near Crosswalk


Sep 5, 2019

Lilian J. Rice Elementary School Chula Vista Accident: Lilian J. Rice Elementary School Employee Injured In Chula Vista Car Accident Near Crosswalk

CHULA VISTA, CALIFORNIA (September 4, 2019) – A woman and employee of Lilian J. Rice Elementary School was injured in a car accident about 100 yards from the school. 

Chula Vista police are saying that the car accident took place around 9:45 a.m. The woman had reportedly crossed the street and was on her way to teach at Lilian J. Rice Elementary School. 

Paramedics rushed to the scene and transported the victim to the hospital. Parents are now called for more secure access points to the school in order to prevent these accidents in the future. 

An investigation into the car accident at Lilian J. Rice Elementary School remains ongoing at this time. 

Liability In Pedestrian Accidents

Drivers are supposed to yield the right of way to pedestrians when they are in lawfully marked crosswalks. According to California Vehicle Code 21950, “The driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk shall exercise all due care and shall reduce the speed of the vehicle or take any other action relating to the operation of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian.”

In addition to using general caution to avoid hitting pedestrians drivers are also legally obliged to reduced their speed when they are in school zones. According to the California DMV Handbook, “When driving within 500 to 1,000 feet of a school while children are outside or crossing the street, the speed limit is 25 mph unless otherwise posted. Also, if the school grounds have no fence and children are outside, never drive faster than 25 mph. Some school zones may have speed limits as low as 15 mph.” Victims of pedestrian accidents often suffer from a wide range of serious and costly injuries including:

  • Broken bones
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Post traumatic stress

But drivers aren’t always solely to blame for a pedestrian accident. Cities have a legal obligation to design, construct and maintain roads in a reasonably safe condition. Depending on the facts of any case a city could be held liable for a car accident if it was caused by a dangerous condition on public property. For example, a road could be dangerous if it has an obstructed line of sight. 

Any person that is injured in a pedestrian accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A car accident attorney can investigate your case free of cost and get to the bottom of what happened. It doesn’t cost anything to hire an attorney and they can begin taking steps to get you the support that you need.

Getting Help After A Car Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to the Lilian J. Rice Elementary School teacher who was injured in this accident. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to police as they continue their investigation. It is our sincere hope that school and city officials will work together to make this crosswalk safer. 

If you or someone that you care about has been injured in a pedestrian accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights so that they can make informed decisions. Whether you just have questions about the law 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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