A hit-and-run collision in downtown Los Angles left two women seriously injured the morning of May 9, 2010, KPCC-Radio reports. The pedestrian collision happened at the intersection of West Third and Boylston streets when the women who were leaving a club were attempting to cross the street in a marked crosswalk. They were struck by a red minivan, which reportedly left the scene. The hit-and-run vehicle was last seen heading toward Vermont Avenue.
I sympathize with these injured car accident victims and their families for what they are going through at this time. I hope and pray that they recover quickly and fully from their serious injuries.
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According to the California Highway Patrol’s traffic accident statistics, there were 17,158 hit-and-run collisions that resulted in fatalities or injuries in California in 2008. A majority of these car accidents involved injuries. There were 247 deaths in 2008 involving hit-and-run collisions.
Laws and Liability Issues
Leaving the scene of an accident is a serious crime under California Vehicle Code 20001 (a). Motorists are also required to yield to pedestrians who are walking in crosswalks. Code section 21950 of California Vehicle states: “The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or .” t=There is The same section that states 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 just relating to the operating of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian.”
Injured victims in such cases would be well-advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who will advise them of their legal rights and options. A skilled car accident lawyer will also be able to determine whether a dangerous condition at the crosswalk or intersection caused this collision. If that was the case, the governmental entity responsible for maintaining that roadway could also be held liable. Under California Government Code section 911.2, any claim against a governmental entity must be filed within 180 days of the accident or injury.
Have you checked your vehicle insurance policy to confirm you have uninsured motorist coverage?
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