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Car accidents: Pedestrian dead after crosswalk crash

There are many pedestrians that use walkways throughout the state of California. These walkways are periodically reviewed for safety, and improvements are scheduled if car accidents involving pedestrians are deemed likely. A crosswalk in Venice Beach had previously been slated for improvements. However, before any revisions were made, an accident claimed the life of a pedestrian.

A sergeant from the Los Angeles Police Department reported that a 40-year-old man was crossing a street in a designated crosswalk when he was struck by a car. According to reports, one vehicle had stopped to allow the man time to cross. However, another driver tried to pass and hit the pedestrian. Residents and others in the community believe that the tragedy could have been prevented.

While the crosswalk was marked with bright lines and reflective wording, a report by the Department of Transportation in 2014 noted that this signage was not enough. The report stated that the amount of traffic and the speeds travelled called for more safety measures. Some suggested equipment included LED lights that would flash when someone was in the crosswalk.

The driver has not been arrested; however, the investigation is ongoing. If it is deemed that the driver acted in a negligent manner, survivors of the victims of such car accidents may elect to pursue wrongful death litigation. While a favorable award in a lawsuit will never bring back a lost loved one, compensation could be used to pay for unanticipated expenses and help family members cope with their loss, pain and suffering. A California personal injury attorney can assist families through the litigation process and work toward achieving a favorable outcome in the proceedings.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "A pedestrian dies in a Venice crosswalk, where 'red tape' has delayed safety upgrade", Joseph Serna, Oct. 29, 2017

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