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Pedestrian in crosswalk dies after being hit by a drunk driver

Encountering a drunk driver can happen without warning in Southern California and cause serious injuries, even death. These accidents are made worse when it is between a vehicle and a pedestrian. Since a pedestrian has no protection when he or she is hit, an accident caused by a drunk driver often has catastrophic results. Those who are hit by a drunk driver or lost a loved one hit by a drunk driver must be aware of their rights to be compensated in a legal filing.

A suspected drunk driver hit a woman as she was crossing the street on the way to work. The woman, 54, was an employee at Walt Disney Studios. The accident occurred at around 9:10 a.m. She was walking in the crosswalk at the time.

The vehicle that hit her subsequently hit three other vehicles. The only person who suffered serious injuries was the pedestrian. She was taken to the hospital where she was declared dead. There were two men in the vehicle and both were arrested. The 37-year-old driver was arrested with pending charges of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

Although law enforcement actively seeks out drivers suspected to be under the influence, stop and arrest them, there will still be drivers who are operating their vehicles while intoxicated who fall through the cracks and cause accidents. Those who are injured when hit by a drunk driver could be faced with broken bones, lacerations, head injuries, spinal cord injuries and more. They might need long hospital stays, medical procedures and round-the-clock care for the long term. The financial and personal strain on the family can be overwhelming. With a fatality, these issues are magnified, as the emotional, personal and financial ramifications are substantial. A legal filing can help to deal with the costs. This is particularly important in a drunk driving case.

In this accident, an alleged drunk driver hit a woman who was simply walking across the street in the crosswalk. She was killed. Given the circumstances of this case and that the investigation indicates the driver was under the influence, the family must make certain that it takes the necessary steps to seek compensation in a legal filing as soon as possible.

Source: North Hollywood Patch, "Walt Disney Studio Worker Killed Walking To Work In Suspected DUI," Sept. 7, 2017

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