A 73-year-old woman was fatally hit by at least seven vehicles around 6:15 a.m. on March 15, 2010 while attempting to cross Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, reported Fox 11 News Los Angeles. The woman was attempting to catch a bus when she was struck by a northbound vehicle and flung into the southbound lane, where she was hit by at least six other vehicles. In addition to the driver who initially hit the victim, only two of the vehicles stopped. The woman died from her injuries. The highway was closed for about six hours during the investigation and during peak traffic hours. No arrests were made.
Pedestrian fatalities in California, like these, are all too common in the United States. In these particular accidents, the pedestrian has the disadvantage and often suffers grave injury and even death. Deadly car accidents can be easily avoided with increased awareness from both drivers and pedestrians. Paying close attention to traffic signs and improved vigilance to all surrounding activity can greatly decrease the number of pedestrian accidents.
If you, or someone you love, have been seriously injured in an automobile accident as a result of negligence, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for any financial losses you have suffered as a result. The San Fernando Valley automobile accident attorneys at the Mandell Law Firm have extensive experience litigating these matters and will competently represent your rights. There are no legal fees unless you are granted a settlement. Call (818) 886-6600 for a free consultation with one of our skilled lawyers regarding your case.
A hit-and-run accident in Southern California that occurred January 31, 2010 resulted in the investigation of four Manhattan Beach police officers that had not reported the event. According to an article on the LA Times Blog, the three-car collision was allegedly caused by one of the four officers under review. Authorities believe that alcohol may have been involved in the auto accident.
When the officers arrived at the scene, near Sepulveda and Manhattan Beach boulevards, the suspected driver had already fled. Later, the vehicle was found unoccupied at a nearby gas station. The officers proceeded to conduct a standard registration check, which indicated that it belonged to a registered Manhattan Beach police officer. Upon receiving this information, the officers did not report the event and no resulting arrests were made.
After a preliminary internal affairs investigation, the offending officers were placed on leave. Because of the complexity and gravity of these events, the investigation has been transferred to the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department.
California has among the highest rates of hit-and-run accidents in the nation. By law, drivers who are involved in any motor vehicle accidents are required to stop and exchange information with parties involved. In hit-and-run cases, victims are left to use their own insurance or pay out-of-pocket for any damages and injuries.
If you have been a victim of a hit-and-run accident in the San Fernando Valley, help may be available. The experienced Northridge car accident injury lawyers at the Mandell Law Firm have a wealth of knowledge in handling hit-and-run accident claims and can provide hands-on care and sincere commitment for victims of hit-and-run accidents as well as wrongful death suits. Call our offices today at (818) 886-6600 for a free and comprehensive consultation of your case.
Based on recent reports, Congressman Dave Reichert has received treatment for a “chronic subdural hematoma” that may have been caused by moderate injury to his head. Apparently, the Congressman was taken to George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C. because he was not feeling well. After it was discovered that Reichert had suffered a collection of blood on the surface of his brain (subdural hematoma), doctors performed a procedure that reports say was successful. Reichert is very fortunate to have received treatment and surgery in time and doctors say that they anticipate a complete recovery.
Medline Plus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, discusses that subdural hematomas typically require emergency surgery in order to diminish pressure that has collected in the brain. This procedure is highly complex and often involves drilling a small hole or larger opening in the skull, depending on how large the collection of blood or clot is.
Chronic subdural hematomas are known for frequently going unobserved for several days, and even weeks. This is why it is extremely important to seek medical attention for even the most minor of head injuries in order to prevent serious brain injury.
When serious brain injuries such as subdural hematomas or brain hemorrhages are caused by another person’s negligence, whether due to a negligent driver that causes a car accident or as the result of a medical professional’s error during surgery, a brain injury victim has legal rights.
If you or a loved one has been affected by a brain injury in the San Fernando Valley, please contact the skilled Chatsworth brain hemorrhage attorneys at the Mandell Law Firm. We have several years of experience handling brain injury cases as well as personal injury and wrongful death litigation. Call (818) 886-6600 for a free consultation and to learn more about your legal options.