A woman was injured in a Los Angeles car accident when she was struck by a car while crossing the street. According to The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of Colima Road and Janine Drive in Whittier the evening of November 15, 2010. The woman was crossing Colima Road in a marked crosswalk when a southbound car struck her. She sustained injuries, which are not believed to be life-threatening. No arrests were made following the accident.
My thoughts and prayers are with the woman injured in this Los Angeles pedestrian accident. I wish her a complete and speedy recovery from her injuries.
According to California Highway Patrolâ€™s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person was killed and 37 were injured in Whittier pedestrian accidents. During that same year, there were 214 fatalities and 4,985 injuries reported as a result of pedestrian accidents in Los Angeles County.
Laws Relating to Pedestrians
Based on this news report, the woman was crossing the street in a marked crosswalk. But police say the flashing lights at the crosswalk were not on. It is not clear if they were malfunctioning or not working at all. Motorists in California are required to yield right-of-way to pedestrians walking in marked or unmarked 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.”
If the driver in this case is determined to have been at fault, he or she could be held liable for the injuries caused to the pedestrian. Additionally, if a dangerous condition on the roadway was created as a result of the flashing lights not working in the crosswalk, the city or public entity in charge of maintaining that roadway can also be held liable. An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will be able better advise victims and their families in such cases about their legal rights and options. Please remember that any personal injury claim against a California governmental entity must be filed within six months of the incident.
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