When a man attempted to flee the scene of an accident that caused injuries to pedestrians and a bicyclist, nearby good Samaritans were having none of it.
A few weeks ago, at around 1 p.m. near the bus stop at First and Chicago streets, Joshua Garcia was in one of two vehicles that collided. His Toyota Camry slammed into a Toyota Sienna minivan. The crash caused the minivan to run off the roadway and slam into two women and a bicyclist who was waiting to cross the street. Police say that five people were injured overall and that they were able to apprehend Garcia. He was arrested under suspicion of drunk driving and hit-and-run.
At the Compass Law Group, we recognize that the roadways are unpredictable. While we hope you never have to go through an event like this, it is likely that you will encounter a crash at some point. If you need a Los Angeles pedestrian accident attorney, you can count on us to be by your side.
Samaritans Save The Day
Hit-and-run crashes often result in the suspect getting away completely. In the case above, the Samaritans were able to prevent that from happening.
How often do these types of crashes happen?
For the latest reporting year in California, we know that there were over 278,000 vehicle collision injuries. Out of those, there were:
- Nearly 20,000 hit-and-run injuries
- 337 hit-and-run fatalities
The hit-and-run incidents involving pedestrians are particularly devastation. Nearly every single pedestrian crash causes some kind of injury. Often, they are life-threatening. It is not uncommon for us to deal with the following types of injuries in the aftermath of a pedestrian accident:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries/head injuries
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Severe internal organ damage
- Major lacerations and amputations
- And more
Often, there is a combination of those injuries that need to be handled with emergency medical treatment. We know that hit-and-run pedestrian crash victims often need extended rehabilitation in order to make a full recovery.
These crashes are often the result of gross negligence on the part of the driver. This can include:
- Overly aggressive driving
- Impaired driving
- Distracted driving
It is vital that this kind of behavior is dealt with. Often, this means both through criminal cases as well as civil cases, especially if insurance companies do not offer enough to cover all of the crash-related expenses victims face in the aftermath.
What Comes Next?
When you are injured in a pedestrian crash, we know that the last thing you need to focus on is whether or not the insurance companies are treating you fairly. At the Compass Law Group, our skilled team will work with you to secure the compensation you need. This can include:
- Coverage of your medical bills
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Recovery of lost income
- Pain and suffering damages
- And more