Seven people were hurt, two critically, in a Los Angeles car accident after a car sped onto to a sidewalk and slammed into another vehicle, the Associated Press reports. The car apparently ran a red light in southeast Los Angeles the morning of June 30, 2009 and drove onto the sidewalk, striking two people before hitting a second car, Los Angeles police officials said. A woman in her 50s and a man in his 40s who were struck on the sidewalk suffered critical injuries. Five others were also reportedly injured in the car crash, but their condition was not serious or life-threatening.
My heart goes out to all victims who were injured in this Los Angeles county pedestrian accident especially the two pedestrians who were critically injured. Unfortunately, they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Reporting System, there were 90 fatalities and 2,690 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in the city of Los Angeles. In Los Angeles County, 210 deaths and 5,095 injuries were reported in 2007 as a result of pedestrian accidents.
If this news report is accurate, I think the driver of the car that ran the red light and then jumped the curb and the sidewalk is at fault for causing this car versus pedestrian accident and the resulting injuries.
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.”
An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will help the injured victims and their family by analyzing all aspects of the case and determine who or what should be held responsible for the accident and resulting injuries. If the driver of the out-of-control car was negligent, reckless or impaired and that caused the accident, then he or she could be held liable civilly and criminally for this accident and injuries. The best car accident attorneys always offer a free and comprehensive initial consultation to injured victims and their families.