A DUI collision in Long Beach resulted in injuries for two women who were walking in a marked crosswalk near the intersection of 2nd Street and Pacific Coast Highway on July 11, 2010. KTLA News reports that the driver of a Land Rover went through a red light and caused the collision. Although one of the victims was dragged by the suspect vehicle, the female driver only stopped momentarily and then left the scene of the crash. Police however caught up with 37-year-old hit-and-run driver and arrested her, thanks to a witness who followed the Land Rover and called authorities. The victims, who were taken to an area hospital, sustained injuries, but are expected to survive.
It is indeed fortunate that neither of these women was more seriously injured. I hope and pray that they recover quickly and completely.
There were nine fatalities and 186 injuries involving DUI collisions in Long Beach in 2008, according to California Highway Patrol’s traffic accident statistics. During the same year, 258 people died and 4,832 were injured as a result of alcohol-related car accidents in Los Angeles County.
Laws and Liability Issues
Based on this news report, officials are alleging that the driver ran a red light, drove under the influence, struck pedestrians in a marked crosswalk and then left the scene of the accident. California law required motorists to yield right-of-way to pedestrians in crosswalks. 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.” Also, under California Vehicle Code section 21453 (a), it is a serious violation not to stop for a red light.
The injured victims in such cases would be well-advised to seek the counsel of an experienced Long Beach personal injury lawyer, who will ensure that the negligent parties are held accountable. Injured victims can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of earnings, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, physical therapy and other related damages.
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