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Elderly Woman Killed in Los Angeles Pedestrian Accident

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Melania Nuhbegovic, 89, was killed in a Los Angeles car accident when a pickup truck hit her as she was crossing the street, the afternoon of July 4, 2011. According to a news report in the Daily Breeze, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred on The Esplanade at Avenue C in Redondo Beach. A pickup approached the crowded area, stopped at a stop sign and then crashed into Nuhbegovic who was in the crosswalk. An investigation is ongoing.

My heart goes out to the family and friends of Melania Nuhbegovic following this tragic pedestrian accident. My thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), two people were killed and 25 were injured in Redondo Beach pedestrian accidents. During that same year, 214 fatalities and 4,985 injuries occurred as a result of Los Angeles County pedestrian accidents.

Crosswalk Laws

It appears, based on this news account that the vehicle crashed into the woman as she was walking in a marked crosswalk. California law requires drivers to yield right-of-way to pedestrians in marked or unmarked 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 motorist in this case failed to yield right-of-way to the pedestrian, then, he or she can be held liable for her wrongful death. In such cases, the family members of a deceased victim can file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party seeking damages. The victim’s family would be well-advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and make sure that the negligent parties are held liable.

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