In the early morning hours of Friday, December 21, a vehicle struck and killed 54-year-old pedestrian Robert Frank Ott in Altadena. While traveling eastbound on Mendocino Street in a Chevrolet, a driver swerved to the right of the road, striking Ott before veering east and colliding with a Mercedes Benz. Emergency responders transported Ott to an area hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the Mercedes also required medical treatment for his injuries. Authorities are investigating the crash.
“When a driver’s negligence causes a fatal accident, the family of the victim may seek compensation for their loss by filing a wrongful death claim against the driver,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
The California Office of Traffic Safety indicates that accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 4,962 pedestrians in Los Angeles County in 2010, with the county ranking 2nd for its incidence of fatal and injury collisions involving pedestrians in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Robert Frank Ott, the pedestrian who was struck and killed. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the driver of the Mercedes.
The Pasadena Star-News originally reported this Altadena accident.
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