When two vehicles collide, the individuals inside each vehicle are at risk of suffering serious injuries, but still have a layer of protection to help mitigate the bodily harm (e.g., seatbelts, airbags, etc.). When a pedestrian and a vehicle collide, the pedestrian is not so fortunate and is forced to endure the tremendous impact and bodily damage associated with being hit by a 2,000 pound, or heavier, motor vehicle.
An example of the severe harms and losses that can stem from a pedestrian getting hit by a motorist occurred on November 21, 2019 in the vicinity of Olympic Boulevard and Lake Street in Los Angeles.
A 34-year-old man was reportedly pushing a cart across the street when he was hit by a Tesla Model 3. If that was not bad enough, the motorist opted to flee the scene of the accident. This means the motorist did not even stop to try and determine if the pedestrian was alive and did not attempt to render aid, according to CBS 9 News.
The injured pedestrian was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.Police discovered that the Tesla involved in the collision was subsequently left two blocks from the collision.
Legal Options When a Pedestrian is Hit and Injured by a Careless or Reckless Motorist
When a pedestrian is seriously injured as a proximate result of the negligent or reckless actions of a motorist, the injured pedestrian may be entitled to pursue financial restitution for their harms and losses. This is especially true when the motorist decides to flee the scene of the accident, which is a felony criminal offense in California.
Types of Financial Restitution That May Be Pursued
If you or a loved one was hit by a negligent motorist in or around Los Angeles, you may be able to pursue the following forms of financial restitution:
- Reimbursement for past and future medical expenses incurred as a result of the pedestrian accident;
- Lost wages and lost earning capacity
- If you are left permanently injured and can no longer work or return to your job, you may be entitled to pursue compensation for the complete loss of the ability to work and earn a respectable living.
- Compensation for the pain and suffering you were forced to endure as a result of the pedestrian accident, which includes the emotional distress and anxiety you likely endured in the immediate aftermath of the accident. It also includes possible compensation for the inconvenience of the accident, disfigurement, etc.
To get a better sense of the legal options available to you, and the potential financial restitution you may be able to pursue, take the time to schedule a free, confidential case analysis with a leading Los Angles pedestrian accident attorney, Ramtin Sadighim. A seasoned attorney who will provide expert legal counsel for the best possible outcome.
Have Questions? Now is the Time to Contact an Experienced Los Angeles Pedestrian Accident Attorney
If you or a family member was injured in a pedestrian accident, now is the time to contact The Law Office of Ramtin Sadighim. To schedule a consultation please contact Ramtin Sadighim at 888.999.8744 or visit www.CaliAccidentAttorney.com for further information.