Three students of Northridge Academy High School were injured in a Los Angeles car accident when a vehicle hit them as they walked in a crosswalk. According to a report in the Los Angeles Daily News, the pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of Zelzah Avenue and Superior Street in Northridge the morning of May 6, 2011. The three teenagers were using the crosswalk when the vehicle struck them. All three students suffered non-life-threatening in the crash. An investigation is ongoing.
My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this Los Angeles pedestrian accident. I am relieved to hear they did not suffer life-threatening injuries and I wish them all a complete and speedy recovery.
Los Angeles Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 104 people were killed and 2,716 were injured in Los Angeles pedestrian accidents. During that same year, there were 214 fatalities and 4,985 injuries reported involving Los Angeles County pedestrian accidents.
Laws Relating to Pedestrians
It is unclear why the driver did not see the three pedestrians as they walked in a marked crosswalk. Drivers are required under California law to yield right-of-way to pedestrians in 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.”
Fault and Liability
I trust officials are looking into why the driver did not stop and yield right of way. Was he or she impaired, inattentive, speeding, distracted or negligent in any other way? If the driver is determined to have been at fault, then, he or she can be held financially responsible for the victims’ injuries and damages.
An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will also be able to determine whether a dangerous or defective roadway caused or contributed to the injury accident. If that was the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway could be held liable. Under California Government Code Section 911.2, any personal injury claim against a governmental agency must be properly filed within 180 days of the accident or injury.
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