Sharon LaVigna Modesto: Sharon LaVigna Injured In Modesto Car Accident On Orangeburg Avenue
MODESTO, CALIFORNIA (August 22, 2019) – A 73-year-old woman identified as Sharon LaVigna was seriously injured in a car accident while trying to cross the street at Orangeburg Avenue.
Modesto police are saying that Sharon LaVigna was thrown onto the hood of the car before hitting the ground. Paramedics were called to the scene and she was taken to the hospital.
Her son Robert LaVigna said she is now suffering from a ruptured spleen, broken bones in her back, legs and nose and a punctured lung. Robert LaVigna lives just a street and a half away from his mother Sharon LaVigna.
He has complained several times to the city about the high number of people who speed down the street. The crosswalk for his mother is nearly a quarter mile away from her home.
He said that stop signs and more crosswalks at the intersection can go a long way towards keeping pedestrians safe.
Liability In Pedestrian Accidents
According to the Center For Disease Control, “In 2016, 5,987 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States. This averages to one crash-related pedestrian death every 1.5 hours. Additionally, almost 129,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency departments for non-fatal crash-related injuries in 2015. Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash on each trip.” Pedestrian accidents are more likely to happen when:
- Drivers are fatigued
- Drivers are distracted
- Drivers are speeding
- Roads are dimly lit
- There is a shortage of pedestrian crossings
- During early morning hours
- During late evening hours
Drivers have a legal responsibility to take measures to avoid hitting pedestrians even when they are outside of legally 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.” Depending on the facts of any case, a city may also be liable for an accident.
Cities have a legal responsibility to construct, design and maintain roads that are in a reasonably safe condition. When a city is given constructive notice of a dangerous condition they should take measures to correct the problem. When a city fails to take adequate measures to keep pedestrians safe they may face civil liability in the event of an accident through California Government Code 835.
Any person that is injured in a pedestrian accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. It doesn’t cost anything to hire an attorney and they can immediately begin working to get you the care and support you deserve.
Getting Help After A Car Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to Sharon LaVigna as she continues to recover. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the Modesto police department. It is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to make Orangeburg Avenue safer. City officials should install more speed bumps, stop signs and pedestrian crossings.
If you or someone that you care about has been injured in a car accident on a dangerous road 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 get all of the medical and financial support that they need to recover. Whether you need a free, independent investigation into an accident or just have legal questions we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.