Crosswalks are supposed to be safe places for pedestrians, and by law, they are. However, around 600 people a year die walking in crosswalks across the country. This accounts for almost 10 percent of all pedestrian fatalities according to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Woman Killed in Crosswalk in Long Beach

A car hit a pedestrian in a crosswalk on Monday, March 9, 2020, killing the pedestrian. According to police, the accident happened when a woman was trying to cross the street at the intersection of Magnolia Avenue and 32nd Street and was struck by a 2003 Honda Pilot that was traveling southbound on Magnolia.

The woman was transported to a local hospital but was pronounced dead soon after she got there. Police say the driver stopped to help, and that neither alcohol nor distracted driving appeared to play a part.

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Crosswalk Liability

California law requires that when a pedestrian is lawfully in a crosswalk, the driver of a motor vehicle is to give them the right of way. But what if the pedestrian is in the crosswalk when the crosswalk tells them not to cross? The vehicle code gives the driver the right of way in those situations; however, in a civil case for injury compensation, it isn’t so clear cut.

Even if the driver’s light is green, the driver of a car has a duty toward pedestrians in crosswalks and must take reasonable steps to avoid hitting them. Under California’s comparative fault system, a jury is allowed to assign part of the blame to the pedestrian for walking against the light, but can also give them some compensation for their injuries.

Crosswalk Injuries

At the Law Offices of Steers & Associates, we know how devastating a serious injury can be. As a pedestrian, you have no protection against 3,000 lbs of steel and can be easily injured. Our clients have trusted us to fight for them as they recover from an array of injuries.

Some of the more common injuries we’ve seen are:

  • Broken Legs/Arms
  • Fractured Ribs/Collarbones
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Blunt Force Trauma
  • Organ Damage
  • Compound Fracture
  • Deep Lacerations
  • Nerve Damage

Contact a Long Beach Personal Injury Attorney

The best thing to do when injured in a serious accident is to talk to a Long Beach Personal Injury Attorney who understands our community and the impact of all-too-common pedestrian accidents within. Call the Law Offices of Steers & Associates at 800 824 5416 or click here to contact us online. Our trusted Long Beach abogados have years of experience helping injured pedestrians, and we get results. Call us now to even the playing field and get the compensation you deserve.