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Fatal Pedestrian Accident in Los Angeles

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A man was fatally injured in a pedestrian accident the night of June 13, 2010 near the Cahuenga Pass, the Los Angeles Times reports. The fatal collision occurred in the 4200 block of North Cahuenga Boulevard. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. Four others in the vehicle that struck the pedestrian were also injured in the resulting crash. Firefighters rescued one person who was pinned under the vehicle. All injured victims were taken to local medical centers. An investigation is ongoing.

My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved this deceased victim for their sudden and profound loss. They will be in my prayers. I also hope that those who were hurt in this accident recover completely from their injuries.

Car Accident Statistics

There were 268 deaths and 25,588 injuries involving car accidents in Los Angeles, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 traffic accident statistics. In Los Angeles County, 667 people died and 52,229 were injured as a result of car accidents in 2008.

Crosswalk Law

Motorists in California are required to stop for pedestrians who are walking in marked or unmarked crosswalks or at an intersection. California Vehicle Code section 21950 states that the driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within such a crosswalk must yield right-of-way to the pedestrian operate the vehicle keeping in mind the safety of the pedestrian. Under the law, pedestrians also have the responsibility to walk only in areas that are assigned to pedestrians. I trust in this particular case authorities will look into whether the driver of the car yielded right-of-way to the pedestrian and also if the driver was intoxicated, speeding, distracted or otherwise negligent.

Victims or their families in such cases would be well-advised to contact an experienced
personal injury attorney in Los Angeles who will stay abreast of the investigation and help protect their legal rights. A skilled car accident lawyer should be able to determine whether a dangerous roadway caused or contributed to the collision. If that was the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could also be held liable. Under California Government Code section 911.2, any claim against a public entity must be filed within 180 days of the incident.

What precautions do you take as a pedestrian to avoid accidents in crosswalks or at street intersections?

The Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys is not representing any of the parties mentioned in this article at the time the article was posted. Our information source is cited in the article. If you were involved in this incident or a similar incident and have questions as to your rights and options, call us or another reputable law firm. Do not act solely upon the information provided herein. Get a consultation. The best law firms will provide a free consultation. We provide a free, confidential consultation to not at fault persons named in this article. The free consultation offer extends to family members as well.

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