The people dining at a crowded Newhall pizzeria did not expect a vehicle to come crashing into the front of the building recently. Certainly not in the middle of the day. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened on March 1.
Police say that a woman lost control of her vehicle and then plowed through the plate glass windows of Ameci Pizza and Pasta on Lyons Avenue. Somehow, there was only one injury. A 69-year-old patron was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries. The driver of the vehicle was arrested and tests indicated her blood-alcohol level was nearly four times the legal limit.
At the Compass Law Group, we would like to be able to tell you that you are safe inside of a building. At least from a vehicle collision. Unfortunately, you cannot control the actions of others. If you need a pedestrian accident attorney, you can count on us to be by your side.
Even though the injury we walked about above happened inside of a building, it is still going to be counted as a motor vehicle crash. According to reports from California’s Office of Traffic Safety, we know that there were 867 pedestrian crash fatalities during the latest reporting year. This was an increase from the previous year. There was also an increase in pedestrian crash injuries: 14,215 for the most recent year.
Most pedestrians have little to no protection when a crash occurs. The only reason more people were not severely hurt when the vehicle smashed into the pizza restaurant was because it was likely slowed significantly when it impacted the building. In these crashes, the pedestrian is almost always injured. It is not uncommon for us to see the following:
The cost of treating these injuries can become overwhelming when it comes to medical expenses. Even minor injuries can be detrimental to a person’s finances. Unfortunately, insurance companies rarely offer enough to cover all medical expenses, much less other accident-related costs (lost income, pain and suffering, extended rehabilitation, etc.).
When another person’s negligence causes you harm, that person should be held accountable for their actions. Drunk drivers, those who speed, and drivers who are distracted by their phones or other devices are a danger to everyone in and around the roadway.
You need to know that you have options in the aftermath of an accident like this. Insurance companies may push for a quick settlement, but please speak with a qualified attorney before you make any decisions. You may be eligible for the following:
At the Compass Law Group, we will patiently explain your options.
No matter who the opposing party is, they can’t outwork, outwit or outspend Compass Law Group, PC. We will do everything that is necessary to win the case, and we’re here to help victims fight back against those who injured them.
Hiring the right personal injury attorney can often make the difference between getting the maximum settlement to account for your medical care, damages and lost wages or getting short changed or even having your case dismissed completely.
Have you been injured in an accident due to the negligence of others? Contact the Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at the Compass Law Group, PC because finding direction after an accident means having a great Compass on hand.