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Woman Critically Injured While Walking in Unmarked Crosswalk

By Law Office of Leonard Matsuk  Jun. 15, 2011 10:45a

Just four months ago a Long Beach woman was critically injured after she was hit by a vehicle while crossing in an unmarked crosswalk. According to the Press Telegram news report, the driver stopped and was not cited at that time, pending an official investigation. It was mentioned that driver inattention may have been the cause of the accident. 

California Highway Patrol Statistics

In 2008, CHP statistics showed that there were 234 injuries and six fatalities involving pedestrian accidents in the Long Beach area and almost 5,000 injuries with 214 fatalities in the Los Angeles County area for that same year.

What California Law States

According to ยง21950 of the Vehicle Code in California, the driver of a vehicle is supposed to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians who are crossing the roadway within any marked or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection. It also states that any driver who is approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk is to exercise all necessary caution and is to reduce the speed of the vehicle or take any other appropriate action to ensure the safety of the pedestrian.

Personal Injury Lawsuits

The investigation will conclude who was at fault in the above incident and  if it shows that the driver was negligent, a personal injury lawsuit may well be in order. A common cause of pedestrian accidents results from driver inattention. Drivers get distracted, break traffic regulations (speeding, make unsafe turns etc.) and are sometimes under the influence of alcohol or drugs causing accident - their victims deserve compensation.

Seek Competent Legal Help

If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident in the Long Beach area, you should consult with a  Long Beach personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Don't wait, as valuable evidence can get lost or misplaced which could affect your ability to get compensation for your injuries. At the Law Office of Leonard Matsuk, we are here to help. A pedestrian accident can leave an individual with life-long injuries and may require many unexpected medical expenses. With our experience and skills, we can offer you exceptional legal guidance necessary to build a compelling settlement case.

Contact a Long Beach pedestrian accident attorney in our office for a free consultation and we will review the details of your accident.

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