Herceg Vlado, 66, was killed in a Los Angeles car accident when a car struck him as he crossed the street the night of December 23, 2010. According to CBS Los Angeles, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred in a crosswalk on Wilshire Boulevard near 10th Street in Santa Monica. Vlado was using the crosswalk when a car driven by a 19-year-old man hit him. The young driver has not been cited or arrested pending an official investigation.
My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Herceg Vlado. Please keep this grieving family in your thoughts and prayers.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), three people were killed and 97 were injured in Santa Monica pedestrian accidents. During that same year, there were 214 fatalities and 4,985 injuries reported as a result of Los Angeles County pedestrian accidents.
Based on this news report, the pedestrian, Vlado, was legally walking in a marked crosswalk. It appears that the teen driver failed to yield right-of-way to the pedestrian 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.”
If the driver in this case is determined to have been at fault, he could be held liable for the victim’s wrongful death. The victim’s family would be well-advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all facets of the incident and ensure that all negligent parties are held liable.
A skilled car accident lawyer should also be able to determine whether a dangerous condition at the crosswalk may have caused or contributed to the fatal pedestrian accident. If that was the case, the governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could also be held liable. Under California Government Code Section 911.2, any personal injury or wrongful death claim against a public entity must be filed within 180 days of the incident.
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