Four people were injured in a Los Angeles car accident after an elderly woman ran a red light, struck a pedestrian in a crosswalk and rear-ended another parked car. According to a report in the Los Angeles Daily News, the injury collision occurred the morning of April 4, 2012 at the intersection of Ventura and Topanga Canyon boulevards in Woodland Hills.
Police say an 85-year-old woman was driving a silver Toyota west and ran a red light, hitting a man who had just begun crossing the street in a crosswalk. The woman was driving 30 to 35 mph. The man was thrown off the vehicle. The Toyota then veered to the right and rear-ended a black Porsche parked on the north side of the street. The pedestrian, a man in his mid-40s, has been hospitalized in critical condition. The elderly driver, her daughter who was a passenger and a man who was in the parked Porsche also suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Officials are still investigating how this collision occurred.
My thoughts and prayers are with the critically injured pedestrian and the others who were hurt. I wish them all the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Los Angeles Pedestrian Accidents
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records (SWITRS), there were 82 fatalities and 2,630 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in Los Angeles. Countywide, 179 people died and 4,918 were injured in pedestrian accidents, during the same year.
Violation of Laws
Based on the news account, the elderly driver of the Toyota not only ran a red light, but also plowed into the pedestrian who was walking in a crosswalk before striking another parked vehicle. California Vehicle Code Section 21453 (a) states: "A driver facing a circular red signal shall stop at the limit line before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then before entering the intersection, and shall remain stopped until an indication to proceed is shown."
Also, California Vehicle Code Section 21950 states: "The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection."
Protecting Victims’ Rights
I trust officials are still looking into eyewitness statements and the physical evidence on the scene to determine precisely what occurred here. If the elderly driver is determined to have been at fault, she can be held liable for the resulting injuries and damages. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. Pedestrian accident victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.