A 31-year-old man died after being hit in a crosswalk Saturday around 3 a.m., April 13, 2019. According to a police sergeant who witnessed the incident, a Ford F-150 struck the victim while he was in a crosswalk at Vine Street and Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. The sergeant said that the driver then backed the pickup truck and got out and rolled the victim over to check on him. Then he got back into his vehicle and fled the scene. The sergeant gave chase and quickly arrested the driver who was allegedly impaired.
Paramedics arrived quickly to the scene, but the man died at the scene. Police sources say that a breathalyzer test indicated the driver was intoxicated which makes him eligible for a charge of murder under a California law that makes it murder if a person is convicted of a DUI-related death when they have a previous conviction for DUI, which the driver has.
Lime Scooter Accidents
Since scooters have been made a popular microtransportation share option in 2017 in many southern California Cities, there have been many riders that have been seriously injured and countless injuries where the person never reported the incident.
According to a recent study, there were 249 accidents that presented victims to emergency rooms in certain California cities like Los Angeles, Hollywood and San Diego. The study found that the accidents ranged from severe head injuries to broken bones and severe road rash.
Types of Crashes
Out of the 249 crashes, the majority of injuries involved the rider falling off the bike with 20 percent of those hitting an object—including a parked car—and 11 percent being struck by a moving vehicle. Out of all of these, 5 percent of the riders were intoxicated and only 4 percent used helmets.
Types of Injuries
There were several types of injuries that presented to the emergency rooms across the region. Some were minor and the patient was treated and soon released where others were life threatening. Some of the common injuries were:
- Head injuries – 40%
- Severe Contusions/Lacerations/Sprains – 27%
- Upper Torso Fractures – 18%
- Lower Extremity Fractures – 4%
- Facial Injuries – 4%
When a person is injured riding a scooter, they often have injuries that will require medical treatment, rehabilitation and even missed time from work. When this happens, they often wonder how they are going to pay all those bills especially with less money coming in.
If the victim is injured by a driver with auto insurance, then their insurance company will pay for the victim’s losses. However, if the person isn’t insured or—as in a hit-and-run—the at-fault driver is never found, then the victim must look for other ways to be compensated.
Often times, the insurance policy of the victim can be used if they have certain provision in their automobile policy. These will usually cover the insured even if the insured wasn’t driving a car so long as they were injured in an automobile accident.
- Medpay: This is a provision that drivers can get on their own policy that will pay for medical bills regardless of who is at fault or who is injured so long as the insured or their vehicle is involved.
- Personal Injury Protection (PIP): This works similar to medpay, but it pays medical bills and other damages like pain and suffering and loss of wages. It also pays out regardless of who was injured or at fault so long at the insured or their vehicle is involved.
- Uninsured/Underinsured (UM/UIM): Most insurance policies have uninsured/underinsured provisions that will pay those covered by the policy for all personal injury damages if the other driver is underinsured or has no insurance. This can include when a hit-and-run driver is never found, so long as they were at fault in the accident.
Do I need an Attorney?
If you’ve been injured riding an scooter, you should talk to an attorney to find out your rights and how you are going to be compensated for your injuries. Call the Law Offices of Steers & Associates at 800 824 5416 or click here to contact us online.
We have attorneys with years of experience dealing with a variety of accidents. We get results against the insurance companies and their highly-paid lawyers, so contact us now to even the playing field and get the compensation you deserve.