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Fatal Los Angeles County Pedestrian Accident

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A woman in her 40s was struck and killed in a pedestrian accident in Lennox the afternoon of July 8, 2009, the Daily Breeze reports. The woman, who has not yet been identified, was walking at Lennox and La Cienega boulevards when she was struck by a white Toyota van, California Highway Patrol officials said.

I offer my deepest condolences to this deceased victim’s family and friends. Please keep them in your prayers.

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 210 fatalities and 5,095 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in Los Angeles County. Lennox is a census designated place (CDP) in Los Angeles County.

Based on this newspaper report, the woman was walking near the intersection of Lennox and La Cienega boulevards. It’s not clear whether she was trying to cross the street in a crosswalk or intersection or whether she was walking on the shoulder or sidewalk of the street. There are many unanswered questions in this Los Angeles car accident case. If she was trying to cross the street in a crosswalk or intersection and had a green light, then the driver of the Toyota van could be held liable for the woman’s fatal injuries.

California law is very clear when it comes to the rights of pedestrians who are walking the street. 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.” The same section also states that the driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk “shall exercise all due care and shall reduce the speed of a vehicle or take any other action relating to the operating of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian.”

The deceased victim’s family would be well-advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles pedestrian accident attorney who will carefully examine the facts of the case, interview eyewitnesses, identify the negligent parties and hold them accountable. A skilled Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will also look into whether a dangerous condition on that Lennox roadway or intersection had played a part in this fatal accident. If that was the case, then the city could be held liable for allowing a dangerous condition to exist on a public roadway. Please remember that any claim against a public or governmental entity in California must be filed within six months of the accident.

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