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Two Pedestrians Injured in Whittier Car Accident

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A young man and woman suffered injuries in a Whittier car accident after they were struck by a vehicle while walking in a marked crosswalk. According to a report in The Whittier Daily News, the injury collision occurred the night of September 25, 2011 at the intersection of Mulberry Drive and Stamy Road in East Whittier. The 24-year-old man and 20-year-old woman were crossing south across Mulberry in a crosswalk with a green light.

Officials say the light turned red while the victims were still in the crosswalk. At the time, the driver of an eastbound Honda Accord who did not see the pedestrians entered the intersection. The male pedestrian suffered a badly broken leg as well as facial and neck injuries in the ensuing collision, while the woman sustained possible internal injuries. An investigation is ongoing.

My heart goes out to the two injured victims of this car accident. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person died and 30 were injured due to pedestrian accidents in Whittier. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 179 people died and 4,918 were injured in pedestrian accidents, during the same year.

Laws Relating to Pedestrians

Based on this news report, the driver did have a green light at the time he entered the intersection, but he did not see the pedestrians in the crosswalk who were halfway to the other side. Drivers are required under the law to stop and slow down while approaching a crosswalk especially when there are pedestrians in the 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.”

Fault and Liability

If the driver is determined to have been at fault here, he could be held liable for the victims’ serious injuries, damages and losses. Victims in such cases can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, and other related damages. Car accident victims would be well-advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held accountable.

Car Accident Attorneys in Whittier

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