A man suffered critical injuries in a hit-and-run Los Angeles pedestrian accident after he was struck by a vehicle in Compton, California, early morning on August 9, 2009. According to a CBS news report, the fatal car accident occurred at South Atlantic Avenue and Linsley Street when the man, who has not yet been identified, was hit. He was transported to an area hospital and listed in critical condition. Police say they are looking for a car with front-end damage. They believe the hit-and-run vehicle may have been a gray Toyota pick-up truck
I sympathize with this victim who apparently suffered life-threatening injuries in this Compton car accident. I wish him the very best for a quick and complete recovery. Please keep him in your prayers.
Los Angeles Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Record System (SWITRS), there were three fatalities and 27 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in Compton. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 210 deaths and 5,095 injuries were reported as a result of pedestrian accidents in 2007.
Based on this news report, it is not clear how or why this pedestrian-car collision occurred. Was the victim walking in a marked crosswalk or intersection? Was the driver under the influence or driving recklessly at the time of the crash? Was there a dangerous condition on the roadway, which prevented the driver from seeing the pedestrian? Whatever the reason, it is still illegal for a motorist to leave the scene of a car accident without providing identification or making an attempt to help the injured victim.
California Car Accident Law
California Vehicle Code section 20001 (a) states: “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.”
The family of this injured victim would be well-advised to consult an experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer who will not only analyze all aspects of this crash and keep up with the investigation, but also determine whether there was any negligence or wrongdoing involved here. If there was negligence, the victim could seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of earnings as a result of inability to work, cost of long-term care or treatment and other related expenses.
A skilled Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will also be able to look into whether there was a dangerous condition on the roadway that may have caused or contributed to this man’s serious injuries. If that was the case, the governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could be held liable. Please remember that any claim against a governmental entity in California must be filed within 180 days of the accident or injury.