A 20-year-old La Puente man was severely injured in a Los Angeles car accident after a vehicle struck him as he crossed the street. According to a news report in The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of Hacienda Boulevard and Glendora Avenue in La Puente, the night of December 30, 2011. Officials say the northbound car was driving through a yellow light when it hit the victim, who started to cross the road. The pedestrian has been listed in critical condition following the collision. The driver has not been cited as the investigation continues.
My thoughts and prayers are with the man injured in this Los Angeles accident. I wish him the very best for a quick and complete recovery.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were no fatalities, but 10 injuries reported due to accidents in La Puente. 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, investigators are trying to determine if the driver or the pedestrian failed to yield the right-of-way at the intersection. I trust they are also looking into why the driver was unable to avoid striking the pedestrian.
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.”
If the driver in this case is determined to have been at fault, he or she can be held liable for the injuries and damages caused. Injured victims can seek compensation from at-fault motorists for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, hospitalization and surgery costs, loss of income, cost of rehabilitation, and past and future pain and suffering. 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 liable.