An 89-year-old man suffered serious injuries in a Los Angeles car accident, after he was struck by a vehicle while crossing the road. The major injury collision in West Covina occurred the morning of December 15, 2009, when the man was crossing at the intersection of South Orange Avenue and Durness Street, in a marked crosswalk. The driver stopped right away and called 911. He told West Covina police that he did not see the elderly man crossing the street. The victim was airlifted to an area hospital with severe head injuries. An investigation is ongoing.
My heart goes out to this elderly victim, who has apparently sustained major head injuries in this collision. I sincerely hope that he makes it through these serious injuries. Please keep this victim and his family in your prayers.
Los Angeles Car Accidents
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were two fatalities and 35 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in West Covina. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 210 deaths and 5,095 injuries were reported as a result of pedestrian accidents in 2007. Also, countywide, 712 people died and 56,475 were injured due to car accidents during the same year.
Based on this news report, the car driver, for some reason, did not see the pedestrian walking in the crosswalk. California law requires motorists to yield right-of-way to pedestrians who are crossing in a marked or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.
California Car Accident Laws and Liability Issues
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.”
In this case, I trust traffic investigators are looking into why the driver failed to see the pedestrian. Was he impaired, distracted, speeding, driving recklessly or negligently? It is also important to determine whether the motorist here, had the green light, when he was driving through the intersection.
The victim and his family, in this case, would be well-advised to seek the counsel of an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation, and make sure the victim’s rights are protected. A skilled car accident lawyer will also be able to determine whether there was a dangerous condition on this roadway, which may have caused or contributed to this pedestrian accident. If that was the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could also be held liable. Any such claim against a California governmental agency must be filed within 180 days of the accident or injury.
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