A woman was killed in a Los Angeles County pedestrian accident the morning of July 17, 2009 after she was struck by a pickup truck while attempting to cross the road in Whittier. According to the Whittier Daily News, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred on Beaty Avenue near Laurel Avenue in the unincorporated Los Angeles County area of Whittier. California Highway Patrol officials said that the woman was struck by the eastbound pickup truck when she was crossing Beaty Avenue. She was taken to an area hospital but later died from her injuries. The man, who was driving the pickup truck, was uninjured.
I offer my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of this woman for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved this woman. Please keep them in your prayers.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were three fatalities and 24 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in Whittier. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 210 deaths and 5,095 injuries were reported in 2007 as a result of pedestrian accidents.
Based on this newspaper report, it is not clear how or why this fatal pedestrian accident occurred. This report does not say whether or not the woman was walking in a crosswalk at the time of the collision. 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.”
If this accident victim had been in a crosswalk during the incident, then the driver of the pickup truck could be held liable for the accident and the resulting injuries. If there is negligence or wrongdoing (for example, driving under the influence) on the part of the driver, the victim’s family may be able to file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for medical/funeral expenses, loss of wages, loss of companionship and other related damages. The family of this victim would be well advised to consult with an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer to find out more about their legal rights and options.