Human bodies are not meant to withstand the force of being hit by a vehicle, so it can be devastating when a pedestrian is struck. Unfortunately, when drivers fail to watch the road carefully, their thousand-pound metal vehicles can leave a victim suffering from serious injuries. As a victim, compensation may be available to compensate for your injuries and damages. In addition, pedestrians can take various steps to protect themselves from careless drivers on the road.
Hit-And-Run Driver Kills Pedestrian
A 66-year-old pedestrian, Anthony Hurd, was hit by a silver sedan while crossing Foothill Boulevard and Hubbard Street in Los Angeles. After striking the victim, the driver dragged the victim’s body into a gas station. Luckily, security footage captured the driver as he dislodged the body before leaving the gas station. Unfortunately, the last thing the security footage captured was the driver driving away, going southbound on Foothill boulevard.
Fortunately, investigators could compose a sketch of the driver due to the security cameras at the gas station. Then, the investigators released the sketch and security footage to the public to help capture the driver. As a result, police concluded that the public should be on the lookout for a five-foot-five, black-haired Hispanic man in his early twenties.
Police have offered a reward of $50,000 to anyone who has any information regarding this hit-and-run driving accident.
Pedestrian Safety Tips
Individuals are at their most vulnerable when walking since they have no protection from the vehicles driving nearby. However, there are steps you can take to avoid injury or death as a pedestrian, including:
- Obey all traffic signs and signals.
- Only cross streets at crosswalks.
- Stay alert at all times.
- Use sidewalks when possible. If there is no sidewalk provided, then walk facing the traffic. You want to walk where you are most visible.
- Be visible by wearing light-colored, reflective clothing.
- If in a dark area, carry a flashlight.
- Avoid being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Avoid texting while walking or wearing earbuds.
- Always look both ways.
- Watch out for vehicles entering and exiting driveways.
- Watch out for parked vehicles that may try to back out of parking lots.
- Never assume a driver sees you.
- Be predictable. Do not do something that can catch a driver off guard.
If you practice pedestrian safety, you can help diminish being a part of the alarming statistic of 6,200 pedestrian fatalities that happen yearly.
Let Our Team Guide You Through This Difficult Time
If a driver has hit you or a loved one, please seek assistance from a Los Angeles pedestrian accident attorney. At JML Law, our knowledgeable team is ready to utilize our resources to investigate your case thoroughly. We understand the pain and suffering you or a loved one has endured. We want you to receive compensation to cover your injuries.
When you need a Los Angeles pedestrian accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 818-610-8800.