Shortly before 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13th, a 66-year-old man was struck and seriously injured while crossing the street in downtown Long Beach, explains a California personal injury lawyer. The driver had stopped her Lexus SUV for pedestrians traversing Magnolia Avenue in a crosswalk located between Ocean Boulevard and Broadway before hitting the man. Although authorities have not yet determined if the man was in the crosswalk at the time of the accident, in the past police have conducted sting operations at the location due to the high number of motorists who neglect to follow traffic rules, reported the Long Beach Press Telegram. Paramedics transported the man to a local hospital for treatment. Police are investigating the incident and have asked that witnesses call LBPD Accident Investigation Detective Richard Birdsall at 562-570-7355.
Long Beach accounted for 305 of the fatal and injury motor vehicle traffic accidents involving pedestrians that occurred throughout the state in 2009, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Nationwide, such accidents claimed the lives of 4,092 pedestrians and injured another 59,000 that year, accounting for 12 percent of all traffic fatalities.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish the man who was struck and seriously injured while crossing the Long Beach street last Wednesday a full recovery.
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If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.