Intersections, by their very nature as a focal point for traffic, are the site of many crashes every year. As it turns out, L.A.'s are some of the most dangerous.
Pedestrians rarely survive the injuries that they suffer after being struck by trains. The great sizes of trains, in addition to the speeds at which they typically travel, often result in catastrophic injuries being suffered by pedestrians who are hit. One recent California train accident resulted in the death of a pedestrian; the first such fatality reported by Caltrain in 2013. Details in this case remain few and there is not yet any word on whether a wrongful death lawsuit will be filed.
Pedestrian deaths in the wake of auto collisions can be hard for surviving family members to deal with after losing a loved one. This can be especially true in the case of an auto collision where a driver speeds away after the accident rather than trying to help the pedestrian that they have struck. One California County saw 25 pedestrians killed in car accidents in 2012.
A fatal automobile accident earlier this year has resulted in charges for the driver, an aide to a Los Angeles councilman. The charge is one issued when there is evidence that a driver was distracted in a manner that caused the car accident. Should he be convicted, he could face a year in a county jail. He also may be subject to a wrongful death claim.
Despite his age of 101, friends say a local Burbank man had the stamina of someone much younger and never skipped a beat. He was a photographer and former Olympic boxer who loved to play pool at a senior center located across the street from his photography studio on Olive Avenue. He even served as a grand marshal in Burbank's centennial parade last year. Some called him a legend. After a recent accident, however, the community was thrown into shock and grief.
Orange County, California, has seen a number of hit-and-run fatal car accidents involving pedestrians in recent weeks. The Santa Ana Police Department has reported that although the incidents have received significant media attention, there has not been a spike in the number of accidents.