10/14/2009On a Sunday last November, an exchange student Yao Lu was struck by a car even though she made eye contact with the driver before stepping off the curb.
James E. Ballidis
James E. Ballidis
The accident occurred on the northeast corner of Reseda Boulevard and Vincennes Street. Despite making eye contact, the driver of a gray or silver four-door sedan, struck her. He was on a cell phone. He sped away and there is a reward for his identity.
Lu spent eight days in a coma. The unidentified driver left the scene of the crime, and despite a police sketch of his face and a $50,000 reward, he has not been found.
There have been many other accidents in the area according to a research a project by student journalists for CSUN. They concluded that even though there has been a statewide finding of a decrease in pedestrian fatalities, there is a rise in fatal pedestrian accidents in the CSUN area, according to the student journalists.
This article illustrates the danger of being on a cell phone while driving. It is incomprehensible that a pedestrian could make eye contact with the driver, but the drivers so engrossed in their telephone conversation they did not notice the pedestrian. However, even I tend to stare off at unknown objects on the wall or on the ceiling when I'm on the phone in my office. It is not difficult to appreciate the lack of concentration on driving when you are preoccupied with an important cell phone call.
California took the right step when enacting the California statute against cell phone use without a hands-free device. This case is an example of why that statute is so important, and must be enforced.
If you have been involved in an auto accident by a driver using cell phone, contact our office. We are actively pursuing punitive damages against such drivers for their willful, intentional endangerment of those on the road. Call us at 1 866-981-5596.
Category: Car Accidents
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