Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Two Boys Struck by Car in Sonoma Crosswalk

Two boys were injured in a Sonoma crosswalk after being struck by a car.  The frightening accident occurred while the boys were in a marked crosswalk at the intersection Fifth Street West and Curtin Lane near Sassarini Elementary School. 
According to published reports, the boys were struck by aToyota Corolla which was being operated by 92-year-old Sonoma resident Levon Arkelian.  Mr. Arkelian told Sonoma County Sheriff‘s Department investigators that he did not see the boys when he passed through the crosswalk.  Mr. Arkelian received a traffic citation for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

The crosswalk is reportedly marked with a flashing sign and flashing lights embedded in the roadway.  Witnesses have indicated that the flashing lights were activated when the boys were crossing the street. Had the crosswalk not been adequately marked a government entity could have been held accountable.
It appears that driver inattention or driver confusion contributed to this terrible accident.  The safety of pedestrians is put at risk whenever a driver is not paying full attention to the roadway.   An inattentive driver can be held liable for any injuries and damages caused by his negligence.

One of the boys was immediately taken to Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa.  He was treated for a skull fracture and eventually released from the hospital.  The other victim was transported to Sonoma Valley Hospital and treated for various abrasions.  At Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP we wish both the young victims a speedy and complete recovery.

Our law firm is committed to fighting on behalf of pedestrian accident victims and their families.  Our experienced trial lawyers do not hesitate to take a case to court when insurance companies fail to offer a reasonable settlement.  We fight zealously for our clients to get them the compensation they deserve.  This can include damages for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of consortium and other damages. 
If you or a loved one have experienced a traumatic pedestrian accident call Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP for a free consultation.   

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