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Accident investigation ongoing after car hits people on sidewalk

Any auto accident will carry with it certain risks for people to be injured and killed. This is what makes them so dangerous. It is when these car accidents involve people who are simply standing on a sidewalk that there can be an exponential amount of damage to the victims. Not having the protection of being in another vehicle and getting hit at a location where people are expecting to be safe adds the surprise factor into the equation. Being aware of the consequences and knowing how to take steps to pursue compensation is imperative after this kind of crash.

A late-afternoon car accident in which the vehicle went onto the sidewalk injured at least nine people. The accident happened not long before 4:00 p.m. The people were standing near a restaurant when the accident occurred. Eight of the nine people were hospitalized. One man, 44, was said to be in critical condition. A 30-year-old man and two women, 18 and 28, suffered serious injuries. Two men, 51 and 39, were said to be in fair condition. A 29-year-old woman was also in fair condition. An accident investigation is ongoing to determine how the accident came about. The driver is being questioned by police.

There are many reasons why an auto accident can happen. It might have been due to recklessness or negligence on the part of the driver; there could have been drugs or alcohol involved; or the driver might have been distracted and doing something other than paying attention to the road. Regardless of the cause, people who are injured in a car collision will have many issues to navigate including lost time at work, the medical costs for treatment, the possibility that they will need extensive after care, and more. Some people are so badly injured that they need care for the rest of their lives and never return to normal functioning. Insurance companies will try to make a settlement offer to avoid a legal filing, but this offer is rarely enough to adequately compensate those who were hurt. This is when it is important to speak to an attorney.

In this accident, people who were standing on the sidewalk near a restaurant were suddenly hit by a car that ran onto the sidewalk. Even though the investigation is ongoing, that does not mean that those who were hit or their families should wait until it is completed to take steps on their own. Discussing a potential case with an experienced legal professional can provide guidance to file a lawsuit.

Source: abc30.com, "At least 9 injured after car plows into crowd in Los Angeles," July 30, 2017

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