A woman was struck and killed in a pedestrian accident after a vehicle struck her while she was crossing the street in an unmarked crosswalk. According to a KTLA news report, the collision was reported near the intersection of West Florence Avenue and Kansas Avenue early morning on June 14. The female pedestrian was walking in an unmarked crosswalk when she was struck. The driver stopped and remained at the scene. Police are looking for possible surveillance video in the area to determine precisely what occurred. The investigation is ongoing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of this deceased pedestrian. We offer them our deepest condolences.
LA Pedestrian Accidents
There were 105 fatalities and 2,769 injuries reported as a result of pedestrian accidents in the city of Los Angeles, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2014 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). Countywide, 220 people died and 4,856 were injured due to pedestrian accidents during the same year.
What the Law Says
Based on this news report, it appears that the woman was walking in an unmarked crosswalk at the intersection. And the law says drivers must yield the right of way to pedestrians. 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
We trust officials are looking at how or why this fatal crash occurred. Some issues they are probably examining with the help of potential evidence such as surveillance video might include whether the pedestrian was in the crosswalk and whether the motorist was driving with a green light. The testimony of someone who witnessed this collision will also be of great value to this accident investigation.
The family of anyone who has been killed in a pedestrian accident would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles pedestrian accident lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and help ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. Victims’ families, depending on the facts of the case, may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver or other parties seeking compensation for damages such as medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering and loss of love and companionship.