In Los Angeles, the roads can be a dangerous place for drivers, passengers, bicyclists and pedestrians. The more vulnerable a person is, the worse the injuries suffered in a crash can be. Pedestrians have no protection whatsoever and when they are hit, they can suffer broken bones, head injuries, spinal cord damage, cuts, bruises and worse. This can lead to a long hospitalization, problems working and contributing to a family, and the potential of a fatality. These motor vehicle accidents are difficult enough without the driver choosing the flee the scene. People who have been hurt in an auto-pedestrian accident should be aware of what they may face in the future.
LAPD arrests man, 26, for fleeing scene of pedestrian accident
A man was arrested for a hit and run crash that injured an elderly woman as she crossed the street. She was hit by a pickup truck as it turned at approximately 5:35 p.m. a few days before Christmas. That vehicle fled the scene and left the woman injured in the roadway. Authorities used a surveillance video taken as the alleged driver was at a gas station. A traffic officer who had investigated the accident later saw a truck that looked like the one at the gas station. A stop was made and the driver was apprehended for the crash. The woman was seen with her arm in a cast.
Compensation can be crucial after an auto accident
Drivers who flee the scene after an accident are breaking the law. In addition, those who were injured in a hit and run crash may not know what to do if they are unaware of the identity of the person with whom they had the accident. Given the litany of problems that can arise after a pedestrian hit and run accident, it is wise to have legal advice to take the necessary steps to seek compensation. Many cases are settled before going to court and the victim will receive payment for medical costs, pain and suffering, and lost wages. However, the insurance company might not make an adequate offer and it is necessary to go to court.
Consulting with experienced legal professionals can provide guidance and help
Although the woman in this accident survived, her age and that she suffered injuries will likely impact her in physical, mental and personal ways. The aftermath of this crash could be felt for an extended period and other issues could arise unexpectedly. Gathering evidence and analyzing the case is imperative and she should consult with a legal firm that has experience in motor vehicle accidents from the start to consider a claim.