A representative from the California Highway Patrol confirmed that officers responded to a pedestrian accident on the southbound land of Interstate 110 on Feb. 15. The accident occurred near the Florence Avenue exit. A driver had struck a man on the freeway and stayed on the scene while authorities attended the situation.
Authorities needed to close two lanes in order to address the accident. They recovered the male victim whose body was on the road. According to the CHP, emergency personnel pronounced the man dead at the scene. Why the man had been on foot on the freeway could not be immediately determined. Once the accident cleanup was complete, the CHP opened the lanes again at 3:44 a.m. No information was provided about whether the driver would face any charges.
In some pedestrian accidents, investigators find that the driver violated traffic rules, like failing to give the right of way at a crosswalk. When a person is hit in a crosswalk, serious injuries like broken bones or brain damage could result. If evidence suggests that the driver was impaired, distracted or otherwise negligent, then damages might be recoverable for the victim through the filing of a personal injury lawsuit.
An attorney who has experience with these types of matters could inform the victim about how to make a claim upon the driver's insurance. A lawsuit could be prepared, and an attorney could attempt to gain an insurance settlement out of court. When necessary, the case might advance to a trial during which the culpability of the negligent motorist could be demonstrated.
Source: NBC Southern California, "Lanes Reopened on 110 Freeway After Pedestrian Fatally Struck", Oleevia Woo and Corey Arvin, Feb. 16, 2016