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Pedestrian stuck and killed crossing the street in Long Beach

California residents are used to traveling by foot. This is true if they are in the city, by the beach or in a shopping district. Whether a person is a pedestrian for several miles or only a block, the unfortunate reality is that pedestrians face many risks. When individuals need to cross the street, are in a parking lot or are walking on the side of the road, they are at a greater risk of being hit by a motorist. Thus, drivers are expected to use caution when traveling in areas where pedestrians frequent. Failure to do so is negligent and could be the cause of a serious and even fatal pedestrian accident.

According to recent reports, a 76-year-old woman was struck and killed by a motorist. Preliminary reports indicate that the woman was crossing Highway 90 at Cleveland Avenue. Authorities indicated that here was a concert going on just prior to the time this fatal pedestrian crash occurred. Although traffic had thinned out by this time and the motorist involved did not attend the event, the driver did collide with a pedestrian while she was crossing the street.

Investigators continue to assess the accident site. Measurements have been taken in order to establish what exactly occurred. At this time, no charges have been filed and the driver is not facing any citations at this time. However, following investigation, cause and liability could be established.

A pedestrian accident is a serious and tragic crash. Because a person cannot stand up to the size and weight of a vehicle, it is likely that a pedestrian will be thrown or impacted with great force. This is why pedestrians endure serious and life-threatening injuries in a crash.

Those harmed in a pedestrian crash as well as those who have lost a loved one in a pedestrian crash should understand their rights. This could mean filing a personal injury claim or a wrongful death suit. These civil actions not only work to hold a negligent party accountable but also help with the collection of compensation that could be used to cover losses and damages.

Source: Wlox.com, "Police investigating crash that killed pedestrian in Long Beach," Oct. 3, 2017

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