Angel Kazanjian, 78, and her daughter Amral Yakoubian, 36, sustained major injuries in a Los Angeles car accident after they were hit by a car while crossing a street in a crosswalk the night of November 23, 2009. According to a news report in the Pasadena Star News, the accident occurred at Washington Boulevard and Bresee Avenue. The women were walking north to south on Washington Boulevard and were hit when they came into the eastbound lanes. The driver of the car that hit them was identified only as a 69-year-old Pasadena woman. She was uninjured. Kazanjian was listed in critical condition while Yakoubian sustained serious injuries.
I sympathize with these two injured victims and their families. Apparently the mother and daughter were walking over to Huntington Hospital when this collision occurred. I hope and pray that both Kazanjian and Yakoubian make a speedy and complete recovery from their catastrophic injuries. They will certainly be in my prayers.
Los Angeles Pedestrian Accidents
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), five fatalities and 89 injuries were reported in Pasadena as a result of pedestrian accidents. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 210 deaths and 5,095 injuries were reported in 2007, due to pedestrian car accidents. Countywide, car accidents claimed 712 deaths and caused 56,475 injuries during the same year.
Based on this newspaper report, it is not clear why the driver did not see the two women in the crosswalk. It appears that the driver was at fault here for failing to yield right-of-way to Kazanjian and Yakoubian. 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.”
Contacting an Experienced Catastrophic Injury Lawyer
Victims who have sustained critical injuries in car accidents would be well advised to contact an experienced California catastrophic injury lawyer, who will make sure that their rights are protected and that they get fair compensation to cover possible hospitalization, surgery, physical therapy, rehabilitation and long-term care as the healing time required for these injuries can be prolonged and in some cases, even last a lifetime.
A skilled car accident lawyer should also look into whether a dangerous condition on the roadway caused this accident. If that was the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway can be held liable as well. Any claim against a governmental agency in California must be filed within 180 days of the accident or injury.
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