School Crossing Guard Eduardo Villalpando, 38, Lost His Leg After Violent Lakewood Car Accident By Centralia Street and Pioneer Boulevard

LAKEWOOD, CALIFORNIA (December 10, 2023) – A school crossing guard identified as Eduardo Villalpando was critically injured in a Lakewood car accident by Centralia Street and Pioneer Boulevard.

Los Angeles County officials are saying that the collision took place on December 1. A speeding Dodge Challenger collided with a Honda Pilot SUV that was making a left turn at the intersection.

The force of the impact caused the Challenger to go through a cement stopping sign and directly into the path of Eduardo Villalpando. His left leg was completely severed in the crash and his right leg was seriously injured.

Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victim. He was taken to a local hospital in order to receive treatment.

You can help Eduardo Villalpando through GoFundMe. A full investigation into the crash remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For Lakewood Pedestrian Accidents

Thousands of pedestrians are killed or seriously injured each year in pedestrian collisions. According to the National Safety Council, “The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) estimates 8,984 pedestrians died in traffic or non-traffic incidents in 2021. Non-traffic incidents occur on non-traffic ways such as driveways, parking lots, or other private property.” There are a number of factors that could contribute to a pedestrian collision.

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Inclement weather
  • Poor road conditions

All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care to avoid collisions. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 22350, no person shall drive a motor vehicle at a speed faster than would be safe or prudent given the prevailing conditions. A driver could also be liable for a collision if they made a dangerous left turn in front of another vehicle. Depending on the facts of any case, liability for any collision could extend beyond a driver.

A city could potentially face civil liability for a crash if it was caused by a dangerous condition on public property. Cities have a legal obligation to make their streets reasonably safe. A dangerous condition might be present if foliage or some other obstacle is covering a traffic sign. When a city fails to take action to correct a dangerous condition with a roadway, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any collision.

  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • The history of collisions at a certain intersection should be understood.
  • Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
  • Medical records should be preserved.
  • A personal injury attorneys should be contacted.

Pedestrian accidents can be very complex events. There may be multiple liable parties. It is important to seek legal counsel after any pedestrian collision. A personal injury attorney can examine the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. Any person that is injured in a car accident may be able to pursue some measure of justice through a civil claim.


Getting Legal Help After Lakewood Pedestrian Accidents

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our best wishes to Eduardo Villalpando and his family as he continues to recover. This was a highly preventable collision that should not have taken place. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to the Lakewood Police Department. City officials should also examine this intersection to see if any improvements can be made to make it safer.

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Lakewood pedestrian accident? You may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that accident victims get the support and justice that they are entitled to. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of assistance we are here for you. It would be our privilege to help you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.


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