Young Students Most Vulnerable in Oakland Car Accidents
With about 46,000 students or more than 10 percent of the population, Oakland's youth is a particularly vulnerable demographic when it comes to car accidents.
In October 2009, three students were involved in car accidents throughout Oakland in one day. They included an elementary student, a middle schools student and a high school student. The middle school student, 11-year-old Alana Williams, was killed when she was struck by a hit-and-run driver while on a crosswalk near the corner of Foothill Boulevard and 64th Avenue, in front of Frick Middle School. Officials said this was the same area where a teacher at the same school lost part of her lower leg after also getting struck by a hit-and-run driver. In response to the latest incident, officials recently installed a crossing guard at the intersection.
In the same day, an elementary student was hit by a school bus while riding his bicycle near Jefferson Elementary School at the corner of 40th Avenue and Mera Street, while an Oakland High School student on a skateboard ran into a car on MacArthur Boulevard. Thankfully, in both those incidents, the drivers stopped their vehicles and helped the young students who sustained minor accident injuries.
Oakland Teachers, Safety Officials Encourage Pedestrian-Safety Education
Teachers said that in addition to gang violence and earthquake preparedness, more attention must be paid to Oakland car accidents and have suggested that safety begins in schools. They say that a number of undocumented residents who cannot get a driver's license still get behind the wheel of a car every day, possibly leading to an increase in the number of hit-and-run incidents such as the one that befell the Williams family.
With the goal of improving safety on Oakland's streets, teachers have proposed the following measures. They include increased campaigns on pedestrian awareness and an injury prevention curriculum in schools that would teach students the importance of wearing protective gear while biking or skateboarding.
Meantime, the Oakland Pedestrian Safety Project also promotes pedestrian safety in the city. They have conducted major projects such as the Pedestrian Master Plan whose goal is to encourage more people to put on their walking shoes and leave their car keys behind by promoting a pedestrian-friendly environment. The Walk Oakland! Map Guide meantime is made available to visitors and residents and includes bikeways and information on pedestrian and cyclists' safety. Also, the OPSP has created a Safe Routes to School Toolkit and hosts an annual Walk to School Day.
Oakland Personal Injury Attorneys Protect Pedestrians, Car Accident Victims
If you or a loved one has been involved in an Oakland accident of any kind, please consult an Oakland personal injury attorney.
Your accident attorney will explain the legal issues of your personal injury case and fight for any damages to which you may be entitled. They will also ensure that any guilty parties involved in the accident will be held accountable. While there are many personal injury and accident lawyers claiming to have your best interests at heart, it is helpful to keep in mind that the best law firms will always offer a free consultation on your case.