John Boyle, 53, of Los Angeles was killed in a Culver City car accident after he was hit by a vehicle while crossing the road. According to a news report in the Culver City Patch, the fatal collision occurred on Washington Boulevard, between Elenda Street and Girard Avenue, the afternoon of November 27, 2011. Boyle was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. Culver City police officials are investigating the cause of this pedestrian accident.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of John Boyle for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep this grieving family in your thoughts and prayers.
LA County Pedestrian Accidents
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were no fatalities, but 22 injuries reported involving pedestrian accidents in Culver City. In Los Angeles County as a whole, pedestrian accidents claimed 179 lives and injured 4,918 people, during the same year.
Based on this news report, it is not clear who had the right of way in this collision. Under California law, motorists are required to yield the 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.”
Claim for Compensation
I trust officials are also looking into whether the driver in this case was intoxicated, distracted, speeding, driving recklessly, or was otherwise negligent at the time. If it is determined that the driver was at fault, then, he or she can be held liable for Boyle’s wrongful death. In cases where negligence is involved, the family of a deceased car accident victim can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, loss of companionship, and other related damages. An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will better advise victims’ families in such cases about pursuing their legal rights.