Shortly before 4 p.m. on Friday, June 7, a truck struck and killed an elderly pedestrian in Los Angeles. The truck was turning right at the intersection of Third Street and La Brea Avenue when it hit 92-year-old Alice Talamantes, who was in a crosswalk at the time. She was transported to an area hospital, where she was declared dead at 5:35 p.m. Authorities are investigating the pedestrian accident.
“When a pedestrian is fatally injured in a traffic accident, his or her family may pursue a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party,” explained California injury lawyer James Ballidis.
In 2010, 2,681 pedestrians were killed or injured in traffic accidents that occurred in Los Angeles, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS compares the accident data of cities with populations of a similar size, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, with 1st place considered 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 Alice Talamantes, the elderly pedestrian who was struck by the truck and killed.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this pedestrian accident.
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