A 55-year-old woman was injured in a Los Angeles car accident after she was struck by a minivan while walking in a crosswalk. According to a report in the Glendale News-Press, the woman was walking north on Brand Boulevard at Randolph Street in Glendale the morning of September 20, 2010 when she was hit. She was thrown onto the hood of the vehicle and carried 25 to 30 feet from the point of impact. She sustained head, leg and hip injuries. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The driver told police that he did not see the woman in the crosswalk because of the sun’s glare. An investigation is ongoing.
I sympathize with the injured pedestrian in this case. I hope she has not suffered major injuries and pray that she makes a swift recovery.
Glendale Pedestrian Accidents
This was the fourth pedestrian accident in Glendale in just a week, the newspaper reports. The city has become notorious for pedestrian accidents. In 2008, Glendale ranked second-worst in the state out of 55 cities with populations ranging from 100,001 to 250,000. Just between January and August 2010, there have been 56 pedestrian accidents. Statewide, pedestrian accident fatalities made up 18 percent of all fatalities in 2009, according to California WALKS, a nonprofit organization that promotes walking and biking in urban areas.
Based on this news report, it appears that the motorist may have failed to yield right-of-way to the pedestrian who was in a marked crosswalk. 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.”
I trust officials are also looking into whether the motorist was impaired, distracted, speeding or driving recklessly at the time. If the driver is determined to have been at fault, then he could be held liable for the injuries caused. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, physical therapy and other related damages.
Car accident victims would be well-advised to consult an experienced Los Angeles pedestrian injury lawyer, who will analyze all facets of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held accountable. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.
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