At about 6:40 a.m. on Thursday, March 21, an elderly man was seriously injured in a pedestrian accident in Walnut. The driver of a compact car turned right onto Grand Avenue, striking the man as he traversed a crosswalk at the intersection of Grand and San Jose Hills Road. Emergency responders transported the man to an area hospital to receive treatment for serious head trauma. Authorities are investigating the accident.
“When a pedestrian is injured in a traffic accident, he or she has recourse through the civil justice system,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis. “The victim may file an civil claim in order to obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering associated with the injury.”
Walnut accounted for 1 of the 198 fatalities and 6 of the 4,786 injuries suffered by pedestrians in traffic accidents that occurred in Los Angeles in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranked Walnut 68th out of 93 cities of a similar size for its incidence of fatal and injury accidents involving pedestrians over the age of 65; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.
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