Shortly after 6 a.m. on Friday, March 15, a vehicle struck and killed a female pedestrian in Duarte. The accident occurred at the intersection of Huntington Drive and Highland Avenue. The female driver remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation.
“Whether walking inside or out of crosswalks, pedestrians have rights,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis. “In the event that a motorist causes a fatal pedestrian accident, the family of the victim may file a wrongful death claim against the driver in order to be compensated for their loss.”
Duarte accounted for 3 of the 198 fatalities and 3 of the 4,786 injuries suffered by pedestrians in traffic accidents that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The number of pedestrian fatalities in the state increased 3.9 percent, from 601 in 2010 to 625 in 2011.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the female pedestrian who was struck and killed.
The San Gabriel Valley Tribune originally reported this Duarte accident.
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