Recently, a young girl suffered major injuries in a hit-and-run car accident after an SUV struck her and then fled the scene of the accident. According to police, the girl was walking with her mother when she suddenly darted out into the street — a terrifying scene that all parents can relate to. The child was struck by a dark-colored SUV and dragged about 15 yards. The girl suffered injuries to her head and body but thankfully is expected to survive.
As we have discussed, pedestrian hit and run accidents happen in the San Fernando Valley, but this does not make these terrible accidents acceptable. Leaving the scene of an auto or pedestrian accident is not only irresponsible, but also against the law. According to California Vehicle Code Section 20001(a), motorists are required to stop and remain at the scene of an accident, regardless of who they believe is at fault. There have been certain instances where the pedestrian is found to be at fault in causing an accident, but in many cases, it is the drivers fault. A driver who hits a pedestrian must stop and exchange pertinent information (for a detailed list of what to do immediately after a car accident, click here) and provide assistance to the victim, such as calling 911.
Both the victims of hit-and-run collisions and their families should be aware that not only is the law on their side in a situation like this, but they may be able to recover financial damages for injuries suffered. Victims of hit and run accidents, whether they are pedestrians or occupants of a moving vehicle, have recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages. If you or your loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident in Woodland Hills, contact an attorney experienced in auto accident law and who is considered the expert in the arena of underinsured and uninsured motorists.
Hit and run accidents of all types can be a terrifying, life-changing experience. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Woodland Hills auto accident or pedestrian accident, contact experienced personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg today to discuss your legal rights and your potential for financial recovery.