A 68-year-old woman using a walker, identified as Yu Pao Tseng, died from injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident in Torrance. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the incident occurred at the intersection of Anza Avenue and Arvada Street the night of December 22, 2014.
Witnesses said the woman lives in the area and was walking home when she was struck. Police say Tseng walking east across Anza Avenue near Arvada Street when a 2005 Volkswagen Tiguan going north struck her. No charges or citations have been issued against the driver who stopped to help the victim. The crash occurred on a section of the street that does not have a crosswalk or traffic signals.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Yu Pao Tseng for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2012 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were four fatalities and 35 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in Torrance. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 203 people were killed and 4,821 were injured due to pedestrian accidents during the same year.
Laws and Liability Issues
Based on this news report, it appears that there was no crosswalk or traffic signals at the intersection where the woman was crossing. California Vehicle Code Section 21954 states: “Every pedestrian upon a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway so near as to constitute an immediate hazard.” The same section also states: “The provisions of this section shall not relieve the driver of a vehicle from the duty to exercise due care for the safety of any pedestrian upon a roadway.”
In this particular case, it is not clear if a dangerous roadway condition or dangerous intersection caused or contributed to the pedestrian accident. We trust officials are also looking into whether the driver was careless or negligent in any way. If a dangerous roadway caused the accident, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable.
The family of a deceased victim in such cases could file a claim against the governmental entity, but that must be done within 180 days of the incident. Filing claims against governmental entities can be tricky and challenging. An experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney can help injured victims and their families navigate the process and secure fair compensation for their significant losses.