Pedestrian killed in Boyle Heights crash on 5 freeway
BOYLE HEIGHTS, CA (April 19, 2022) – A pedestrian was killed in an accident on the 5 freeway around 2:45 a.m.
Officer Patrick Kimball of the California Highway Patrol said officers responded to the accident on South Lorena Street at the 5 freeway where the victim was found and pronounced dead.
The driver of the vehicle did remain on the scene, according to the CHP. The accident caused multiple lanes to be closed for several hours.
Liability in Los Angeles for Pedestrian Accidents
Thousands of pedestrians are killed or seriously injured every year in pedestrian accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “An estimated 137,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency departments for nonfatal crash-related injuries in 2017. Per trip, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash.” There are a number of factors that could lead to a pedestrian collision including:
- Drunk driving
- Driver distraction
- Inclement weather
All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians. The family of any victim that died in a pedestrian collision may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating Los Angeles Pedestrian Accidents
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our condolences and deepest sympathies to the victim’s family and friends in this case.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a pedestrian accident in Los Angeles, our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help you. We care about your rights and want to ensure that those rights are protected. Whether you need assistance or just have a few questions to ask, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at (888) 395-7234.