Donnell Posey, 19, was killed in a Los Angeles car accident after he was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street. According to a news report in the Beverly Hills Courier, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred in the 8700 block of Figueroa Street the morning of February 4, 2011. The driver who struck Posey has not been cited or arrested pending the outcome of an official investigation.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Donnell Posey for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers.
Pedestrian Accidents in Los Angeles
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 104 fatalities and 2,716 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in Los Angeles. Countywide, 214 fatalities and 4,985 injuries were reported as a result of pedestrian accidents during the same year.
Based on this news report, it is not quite clear how or why this fatal car versus pedestrian accident occurred. We do not know whether Donnell Posey was in a marked or unmarked crosswalk at the time of the accident. California law requires 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.”
Fault and Liability
If the driver in this case is determined to have been at fault, he or she could be held liable for Posey’s wrongful death. In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased car accident victims can seek compensation for medical and funeral expenses, lost future income, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages.
A skilled Los Angeles personal injury lawyer can also help determine whether a dangerous roadway condition caused or contributed to this car accident. If that was the case, the city or public entity responsible for maintaining the roadway can be held liable. Under California Government Code Section 911.2, any personal injury or wrongful death claim against a governmental agency must be properly filed within six months of the incident.
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