A car chase in South Los Angeles of several suspects evading the police, resulted in a car collision at the 1300 block of W. 59th Place. The four people riding in the vehicle that was hit, a Mazda SUV, included a mother and three children and all were injured in the crash.
According to ABC 7 News, the chase started when LAPD officers pulled over a vehicle after a traffic violation. One passenger, who was carrying a gun, jumped out of the vehicle and ran. He was picked up by another vehicle that then sped off. Police gave suit, and as the second car sped away, it hit into the Mazda. The car then continued driving without stopping to render aid or identify him/herself at the scene of the crash, which is a crime in California.
Shortly after the crash, police were able to catch and apprehend three people involved in the incident, including the original passenger carrying the gun. The injured family was transported to the hospital for treatment, though the injuries are thankfully believed to be non-life-threatening. While the individuals that caused this accident will likely be facing criminal charges, they are also civilly liable to the victims they injured as a result of their choice to flee from the police and drive recklessly.
When another driver causes a car accident, either by his negligence or intentional careless acts like in this case, those injured by the accident can bring a personal injury claim against that driver. A personal injury claim is a civil claim (separate and different from criminal charges) that helps those hurt in an accident recover financially for the costs of their injuries. This financial recovery can include costs of hospital stays and other medical expenses (including future recovery expenses), loss of earning and income, and pain, suffering, and emotional distress damages. The family injured in this case should hire an experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney to help them obtain the financial recovery they deserve.
Luckily in this incident, the police were able to catch those responsible for this Los Angeles hit-and-run accident. Unfortunately, in many hit-and-run accidents, the driver is never found. However, there is still hope for those injured—injured victims may still be able to recover if they are covered by an uninsured motorist policy. The uninsured motorist policy would take the place of the responsible party and thus be responsible for the personal injury damages.
Suffering injuries at the hand of another person is always frustrating, especially when that person was intentionally being careless, acting reckless, or breaking the law. If you have been injured in a Los Angeles auto collision or hit-and run, reach out to the personal injury attorneys at Walch Law. Our attorneys can help with every step of a personal injury claim, from the investigation of the case to the actual filing of the case. We have years of experience and offer a free consultation. Contact us today at 866-465-8792 so we can get you the compensation you deserve.