The actions of one person can change the lives of other people especially when that person is driving a car. A single impact in an accident can do serious damage and injury and leave the victims with a long physical and mental recovery.
DUI Driver Severely Injures Two in a Long Beach Hit and Run Accident
A pedestrian and a car occupant were severely injured when an allegedly impaired driver in a minivan ran into another car and then hit a pedestrian. The accident happened March 26, 2020, on Del Amo Boulevard near Locust Avenue in Long Beach.
Police say that the driver fled the scene but was arrested later that day and was charged with a DUI. One victim suffered a crushed leg, and the other’s injuries were described as serious.
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Multiple Victim Injuries
An accident can cause injuries to many people at the same moment. A car strikes another car, and that car rolls over an hits a group of cyclists or pedestrians. Because cars are basically moving chunks of steel and plastic and weigh on the average of around 3,500 lbs, the damage to human victims can be severe. An accident can even happen even when a pedestrian is walking on a Long Beach crosswalk and a car crashes into them.
Some of the more common injuries seen when there are multiple victims are:
- Blunt Force Trauma
- Fractured Arms/Legs
- Crushed Bones
- Compound Fractures
- Head Injuries
- Nerve Damage
- Airbag Injuries
Liability in One At-Fault Driver Multiple Victim Accidents
In many Long Beach accidents, the negligence of one person can harm multiple victims. A driver can get distracted, fall asleep or be impaired and cause an accident that injures several—or more—people. When it comes to fault, if the accident was caused by one person, then the compensation for the injuries to all victims in that accident had to come from that one person.
California requires that each driver should have a minimum level of insurance coverage. While this is good news, the state has one of the lowest mandatory minimum insurance coverage in the country at $15,000 for bodily injury and $30,000 cap on each accident.
How does the Compensation get Divided?
It would seem that the money would go to who had greater injuries or some other way of determining where and how much compensation is given. However, the law doesn’t favor one victim over the other, and there are no laws dictating how the money is divided. Rather it’s at first left up to the parties to settle with the insurance company. If this fails, then it’s up to the courts to decide, and a jury can award each victim an amount they see fit.
Uninsured & Underinsured Coverage
Another option is for each victim to use their own coverage if they have uninsured and underinsured motorist’s coverage. This can be used to supplement inadequate coverage or provide coverage if the other driver has no insurance coverage.
The best thing to do if you are one of several victims in an accident with one driver is to get representation so you can have a professional looking out for you. The insurance companies are experienced at paying you little, and they don’t have your best interest at heart.
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Contact a Long Beach Auto Accident Attorney
The best thing to do when injured in an automobile accident is to talk to a Long Beach Car Accident Attorney who understands the law and has experience getting injured victims the compensation they deserve.
Call the Law Offices of Steers & Associates at 800 824 5416 or click here to contact us online. We have experienced Long Beach abogados with years of experience dealing with every type of motor vehicle accident, and we get results against the insurance companies and their highly-paid lawyers.
Allen Vaysberg practices personal injury law and works tirelessly to defeat the tactics of insurance companies and large corporations who try to deny justice and fair compensation to injured people.