Hit-and-run driver critically injures pedestrian

The California Highway Patrol South Los Angeles division and Long Beach police have launched an investigation into a hit-and-run accident that happened on Oct. 25. At 11:20 p.m., a pedestrian attempting to cross a street near the Linden Avenue and Ocean Boulevard intersection in Long Beach was reportedly struck by a Scion. The pedestrian was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center after the crash for treatment of critical injuries.

After the pedestrian accident, the driver of the Scion continued to travel before crashing near Willow Street on the 710 Freeway. The accused driver was apprehended by police and is now facing a charge for hit and run. Initial reports about the accident indicated that police did not know whether or not the driver had been intoxicated.

A pedestrian who has been critically injured by an out-of-control driver may suffer devastating financial losses while he or she attempts to recover from their physical injuries. If hospital bills and rehabilitative treatments are not covered by insurance, the victim could end up having to pay these expenses out of pocket. At the same time, lost working hours and damage to earning capacity may add to the victim’s financial strain.

Speaking with an attorney might enable the victim of a pedestrian accident to begin the process of pursuing financial compensation from the driver at fault. In addition to establishing the liability of the driver, an attorney may help the victim to gather relevant evidence to establish how damaging the accident has been to the victim’s personal finances. Depending on the nature of their injuries, the victim may seek compensation for future medical expenses and lost wages in a personal injury claim.

Source: abc7.com, “Pedstrian critically injured in Long Beach hit-and-run“, October 25, 2014

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