Shortly before 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, a pickup truck struck and killed a woman and seriously injured four other pedestrians in downtown Los Angeles. While traveling southbound on Broadway in a 2006 Chevrolet Avalanche, Juan Moreno suffered a medical emergency and lost control of the vehicle, which jumped the curb and crashed through the window of Casa India Restaurant, located at 348 S. Broadway. The truck hit five pedestrians, killing one of them, a 52-year-old woman. Emergency responders transported the four victims to area hospitals to receive treatment for major trauma. Moreno and his passenger were also taken to a hospital for their injuries. Authorities are investigating the crash.
“In California, when a motor vehicle accident causes injury, the victims may file civil claims against the negligent party in order to receive compensation for the expense of their recoveries,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
The California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records indicate that accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 2,681 people in 2010. The OTS compares the accident statistics of cities with similarly sized populations; those with the poorest records receive higher rankings, with 1st place being the worst. That year, Los Angeles ranked 3rd out of 13 cities for pedestrian safety.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the woman who was struck and killed in downtown. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the four pedestrians who were injured.
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