Cars and trucks are everywhere in California, from the busy streets of Los Angeles to the northernmost end of the I-5 freeway. The roads they travel on and the sidewalks nearby are largely safe, but accidents can happen anywhere and for any reason.
There are several reasons that an accident between cars, trucks and pedestrians can occur or be more likely to cause extensive injury, permanent disability or death. High speeds in close proximity to developed areas increases dangers to both vehicles' occupants and people on the streets nearby. Drivers must always maintain attention to the road and other vehicles, waiting until stopping to use cellphones or other electronic devices.
Large vehicles have the potential to cause severe damage even if they hit cars or people at low speeds. A 69-year-old woman was killed when a tractor-trailer struck her outside her motor home after dark at an intersection in Boyle Heights, and the driver apparently did not stop after the collision.
The daughter of the victim made a public appeal for the driver to come forward. If the driver is identified through investigation, he or she may be charged with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident among other related criminal charges.
People hit by cars or trucks or the survivors of those killed in these accidents have the right to claim financial damages from the parties at fault whether or not criminal charges are involved. An attorney may be able to assist victims and their families understand the process through which civil lawsuits are filed and damages are recovered.
Source: NBC Los Angeles, "69-Year-Old Woman Killed in Hit-and-Run Crash by Semi-Truck in Boyle Heights," Michelle Tak and Katherine Picazo, accessed Jan. 17, 2018