At about 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 29, an elderly driver struck 11 pedestrians, seriously injuring four children, in South Los Angeles. The accident occurred near 53rd and Main Streets when 100-year-old Preston Carter reversed his 1990 Cadillac from the eastern side of a Food 4 Less parking lot into a group of adults and children crossing the street after classes ended at Main Street Elementary School. Four of the children suffered serious trauma. While Carter asserts that his brakes failed and he lost control of the car, detectives are investigating whether he accidentally applied the accelerator pedal instead of the brake.
“When a driver causes an accident that results in injury to pedestrians, he or she may be held liable for the cost of their recovery,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis, “including for medical bills, lost earnings, and pain and suffering.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s most current accident data indicate that 4,092 pedestrians lost their lives and an estimated 59,000 were injured in traffic crashes in 2009. That year, 19 percent of all children aged 5 to 9 who were killed in traffic accidents were pedestrians; those aged 15 and younger accounted for 7 percent of all pedestrian fatalities and 25 percent of all injuries.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to those who were struck and injured by the elderly driver yesterday.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this pedestrian accident.
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