A woman was killed in a Los Angeles car accident after she was hit by a car the evening of January 16, 2011. According to a news report in The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred near the intersection of Azusa Avenue and Colima Road in Rowland Heights. California Highway Patrol officials say, the pedestrian, a woman in her 50s, was hit by a blue van. She died from her injuries. CHP officials are investigating the cause of this fatal car accident.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of this deceased car accident victim. Please keep her grieving family in your thoughts and prayers.
According to CHP’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 35 fatalities and 295 injuries reported due to pedestrian accidents in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. Also, countywide, 214 people died and 4,985 were injured in pedestrian accidents during the same year.
Possible Accident Causes
Based on this news report, it is not clear how or why this tragic pedestrian accident occurred. There are several unanswered questions here. Was the woman crossing the street or walking along the side of the road? Was the driver of the van under the influence, distracted, speeding or negligent in any other way? I trust officials are looking into these and other factors in order to determine what precisely occurred here and why.
Fault and Liability
If the driver is determined to have been at fault, he or she could be held liable for the woman’s wrongful death. In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, the family of a deceased victim can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for medical and funeral expenses, lost future income, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages.
A knowledgeable Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will also be able to determine whether a dangerous condition on the roadway caused or contributed to this accident. If that was the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could also be held liable. Please remember that any personal injury or wrongful death claim against a public entity must be filed within six months of the incident under California Government Code Section 911.2.
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