Having a loved one or close friend killed or injured in a traffic accident is a heart-rending experience under any circumstances, but when the driver of the offending vehicle leaves the scene, the tragedy can be compounded.
Auto accident damages can be extensive and a difficult consideration for families to face during a challenging time. A hit-and run-accident recently claimed the life of a woman in Los Angeles on Christmas. The 61-year old victim died at the scene of the hit-and-run accident. Family members of the woman noted that she left behind a daughter. The woman was struck by another vehicle as she stood alongside her vehicle which was parked in the shoulder of the roadway. The force of the auto accident sent the woman into nearby lanes of traffic. The hit-and-run driver fled the scene of the accident. Authorities are searching for a dark-colored pickup truck with front-end damage. Police noted that the accident investigation continues.
Residents of California and also those that are visiting the state for any reason must exercise a reasonable amount of care when operating a motorized vehicle on the state's roadways. There are laws in place that require this behavior, and when someone does not exercise the required minimum level of care and an accident results, that individual may be held liable for negligently causing injury to others.
The roadways of California are often incredibly busy and packed with cars of all sizes. Some are traveling for business while others are traveling for leisure. With this many cars on the road it is important that all drivers are being careful and doing everything they can to practice the necessary amount of care. When drivers do not do this, the results can be tragic.
Safe driving requires precise maneuvering and careful decision making. Sometimes, it is a difference of mere inches that separates a safe, smooth drive from a devastating accident. Many car accidents occur after a driver carelessly swerves over the center line or into a shoulder lane. This slight error -- a mistake of mere inches -- can result in a catastrophic crash.
Parents in California are extremely concerned about the safety of their students and any other pedestrians after five people were recently injured in a crosswalk on the way to an elementary school. According to reports, the individuals were walking in a marked crosswalk by Yorkdale Elementary School when an 87-year-old man driving an SUV ran a stop sign and struck five people.
Car accidents may be a common occurrence on the streets of California. However, that does not mean that the aftermath becomes any easier to deal with for those residents and family members who are adversely affected by each and every one of the state's collisions.