15-year-old Lacey Wilson remains hospitalized at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek after being hit by a van in a Military West crosswalk last week. The teen is in critical-but-stable condition. Only immediate family members have been allowed to visit Wilson's bedside.

In addition to the question of Lacey's health, whether the injured teen is covered by medical insurance is also an issue facing the family. Lacey was hit during a five-day window between when one insurance policy was dropped and when a new one was  to replace it, according to her mother, Nina Wilson.

Lacey and a 14-year-old friend were injured when they were hit by a van while crossing Military West at West 2nd Street at  8:20 p.m. Thursday evening. The van was traveling westbound, toward the setting sun. There is no stop sign or traffic signal on Military West at the crosswalk, however it is marked with a yellow pedestrian sign at its center.

Lacey remains sedated, and is recovering from four skull fractures, two pelvic fractures and a leg fracture, in addition to a brain injury. Her friend, who lives in Texas but is in Benicia visiting family, has been treated and released for a leg injury.

According to police the van's driver, 49-year-old Bruce Ricketts, of Benicia, may have been blinded by the setting sun causing him not see the two girls crossing the street in the crosswalk. The case is under continuing investigation.

Auto accidents, including pedestrian involved accidents, as in Lacey's unfortunate case, are the leading cause of death and injury in the United States. The fact that there is a question regarding her medical insurance coverage underscores the importance of the securing the assistance of a experienced and qualified personal injury lawyer. If her accident was caused by the negligence of the driver of  the van, she and her family could be financially compensated, and a personal injury attorney will be able to obtain the maximum settlement.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of motor vehicle negligence and would like to speak with an attorney, please contact us. We are here to answer your questions and discuss how to protect your legal rights.The attorneys at O’Connor, Runckel & O’Malley are well known and respected throughout the legal community and among our clients. From our offices in Contra Contra Costa County, San Francsico and Sacramento, we serve clients throughout Northern California. We have nearly 45 years of litigation and trial experience. We have the expertise and a proven track record of success. Our experience and expertise are available to you.

(Source: Contra Costa Times)

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