At about 5:50 p.m. on Saturday, January 19, a Mercedes struck and fatally injured a woman in a wheelchair in Van Nuys. While traveling southbound on Sepulveda Boulevard, the Mercedes hit the woman as she traversed Haynes Street in an unmarked crosswalk. Emergency responders transported her to an area hospital, where she succumbed to the trauma she suffered. Authorities are investigating the accident.
“After a fatal accident, the family of the victim may hold the negligent party liable by filing a wrongful death claim,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
Traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 4,962 pedestrians in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS compares the accident statistics of California’s 58 counties, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, with 1st place considered the worst. That year, Los Angeles ranked 2nd for its incidence of fatal and injury pedestrian accidents.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the woman in the wheelchair who was struck and killed.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Van Nuys accident.
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