Bakersfield: 2 Girls Struck and Injured in Crosswalk
Posted on Oct 17, 2014
At about 6:40 a.m. on Thursday, October 16, 2014, two girls, both high school students, were struck by a vehicle and injured in a crosswalk in Bakersfield. A car heading southbound on Highway 184 hit the girls as they were traversing a crosswalk on Morning Drive on the east side of Foothill High School. They were transported to an area hospital, one to receive treatment for a broken leg and the other for major trauma. According to investigators, the driver told CHP officers that she was distracted at the time of the accident.
Distracted driving is a serious traffic safety problem in the United States, claiming 3,328 lives and causing injury to 421,000 people in 2012, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Across the country at any given daylight moment, about 660,000 motorists are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, an increase from the number of distracted drivers in 2010. Electronic devices, however, are not the only source of distraction for drivers; others include eating and drinking; talking to passengers; grooming; reading; using a navigation system; watching a video; and adjusting the radio.
When a driver causes an accident while distracted, he or she may be held liable for the expense of the victims’ recoveries, such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. For more information, please call 888-752-7474 or contact us online.
Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the two girls who were struck and injured in the crosswalk.