Highland Park: Car Struck, Injured Family near School
Posted on Jan 24, 2014
Shortly after 8 a.m. on Friday, January 24, 2014, a car struck and injured a family near a school in Highland Park, reported the Los Angeles Times. The 87-year-old driver of the vehicle ran a stop sign at the intersection of Avenue 57 and Meridian Street, near Yorkdale Elementary School, striking the family. A girl and her 52-year-old grandmother suffered major trauma, while three other members of the family, including two children between 7 and 12 years old and their 32-year-old mother, sustained minor injuries. Emergency responders transported them to area hospitals. Authorities are investigating the accident.
Drivers aged 65 and older accounted for 33 million of the licensed motorists in the country in 2009, a 23 percent increase from 1999, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As individuals age, their vision and cognitive functioning decline, in many cases impairing their ability to drive safely. In 2009, 15 older drivers were killed and 500 were injured in crashes every day. Road safety analysts predict that by 2030, older drivers will be responsible for 25 percent of all fatal crashes, an increase from the 11 percent recorded in 2005.
When a driver causes a crash and injures others in California, that driver may be held liable for the cost of the victims’ recovery-related expenses, such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To learn more about the personal injury claims process after an accident, please call 866-981-5596 or contact us online.
Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the family who was struck and injured near the Highland Park school.