The School Crossing Guards in our city control vehicular and pedestrian traffic near our schools, ensuring 180,000 children get to school safely. It is a rewarding job with the City of Los Angeles and a chance to interact with the community.
Thankfully, our crossing guards work in all types of weather, every day, rain or shine. School crossing guards are essential to keeping our children safe when they go to and from school.
Unfortunately, there are times when a driver could cause injury to a crossing guard. Indeed, there is an assumption of risk which comes along with working as a crossing guard, but that does not always mean you are on your own after a negligent driver hurts you. Don’t let an insurer blame you for injuries caused by their driver. After any accident involving a serious injury or a fatality, it is very important to speak to an experienced attorney who focuses on personal injury law.
Recent Crossing Guard Accidents:
Here are some of the recent accidents involving school crossing guards in Los Angeles County:
- In September 2019, a crossing guard was fatally injured in a crash in Valley Glen.
- On December 18, 2018, a 62-year-old crossing guard was struck by a vehicle in a three-car collision at the intersection of Los Angeles Ave and Socrates Ave. The crash happened at 2 pm before students were let out of school at the nearby Arroyo Elementary School. Tragically, the crossing guard succumbed to their injuries.
- In October 2018, a 57-year-old man was killed less than a mile away at a crosswalk on Royal Avenue close to Vaquero Drive, near Madera Elementary School. In that case, the crossing guard pushed a woman out of the way of a vehicle but was himself struck by the car.
Why are Crosswalks so Dangerous?
Most drivers are aware that children walk to school in the morning and walk home in the afternoon, and that caution is required around schools and crosswalks – so why do accidents occur? In a majority of the accidents, the driver of the vehicle is at fault. Negligent drivers may be speeding, distracted, or driving under the influence.
According to a report by the Los Angeles Times, crossing guards in California have expressed an increase in poor driving around schools. Not only are speeding and texting on the rise, so is aggressive driving and the abuse of crossing guards.
Always Speak to a Lawyer After an Injury.
If you or a loved one were injured while working as a crossing guard, contact us today for a free consultation. We will listen to you, find out what happened and let you know what your options are. We will offer you free legal advice which is in your best interest so you can make an informed decision of how to proceed.