Incident Involving Police Cruiser Claims a Life
Nearly two months ago Santa Monica Boulevard was closed for nearly 12 hours after two pedestrians were struck by a traveling police cruiser. Tragically, one of the pedestrians succumbed to his injuries while the other was left in critical condition.
In mid-October, two deputies were responding to a call at around 11 p.m. about a felony spousal assault. Unfortunately, the cruiser clipped a sedan which sent the cruiser up and over a curb at which point the vehicle hit the two male pedestrians. The two deputies were also injured in the accident with serious, though non-threatening, injuries.
The California Highway Patrol’s Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team is still investigating the incident and is determining how fast the police cruiser was going and whether or not the sedan which was struck had lawfully yielded to the cruisers.
An Incident Far too Common in Los Angeles
The statistics are in, and California unfortunately reigns as the state with the most pedestrian deaths in the entire country – again. In 2014, nearly 700 pedestrians died as a result of motor vehicle incidents, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. In 2013, 701 pedestrians were killed.
The good news is that research has shown that pedestrian deaths are not increasing as the American population increases. The bad news is that there has not been a notable reduction in pedestrian deaths despite the increase in education, in enforcement, and in engineering programs.
For example, 4,735 pedestrians died in the United States in 2013, a number which is almost equal to the number of pedestrians who died in 2014.
Steps for Handling a Pedestrian Accident
At MCIS Lawyers we know that the moments after a pedestrian accident can be upsetting, if not traumatizing. Whenever possible, it is important for everyone involved to:
- Find a safe place. If you are able to, find a safe place for yourself and then for other people who are involved in the incident. Only administer medical treatment such as CPR in an emergency (unless you are a trained medical professional)
- Obtain medical and legal assistance. Call 911 and make sure that you speak to the police as well as a medical care provider. Then contact a personal injury attorney, such our professionals at MCIS Lawyers, before speaking to your insurance company
- Obtain contact information and little else. As much as you may feel the need to talk about the accident, now is not the time, and you may end up incriminating yourself in some way
MCIS Lawyers has over 40 years combined experience in both insurance claims and personal injury claims. Our team has the knowledge and the networks every pedestrian and vehicle operator needs in order to build a strong case which will ensure the greatest amount of protection and compensation possible. We encourage you to contact us today for a free consultation at (818) 999-1184.