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City officials have been working with lawmakers to work to stop the rising number of accidents that end in a hit-and-run.
According to reports, an estimated 4,000 people are killed in nearly 20,000 reported hit-and-run accidents each year. Most of the incidents only involve property damage; however, the amount of people killed is still staggering.
Nearly half of all reported collisions in Los Angeles result with a driver fleeing the scene.
The responsibility lies with LAPD’s Traffic Divisions, but they will also be working with City Hall and law enforcement to ensure that this number goes down. Recommendations to increase the penalties for those who leave the scene of an accident were well received and may deter those who in the future consider fleeing.
It is not only the law officers who are working together to improve this dire situation; it should also be the community. Los Angeles residents should assist in making accidents less tragic by supporting this project.
Hit-and-run accidents are incredibly inconvenient and sometimes life-changing. If you or someone you know has been involved in an hit-and-run accident, or any other kind of accident, contact a Los Angeles injury attorney today. We can assist you with identifying negligence, filing insurance claims; and can ensure that your compensation is appropriate based on the damages from which you have suffered.
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A 90-year-old bicyclist was hit and killed by a passing motorist. The driver then fled the scene.
If you have any information regarding the accident, contact the Los Angeles Police Department immediately.
If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, whether in a car or on foot, then contact a Los Angeles accident attorney. We can assist you with filing insurance claims and can ensure that your compensation sufficiently covers the damages from which you have suffered.
Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Bell 206 Jetranger helicopter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A man was killed on Tuesday evening in Compton, California after a vehicle ran him over and dragged him under the car for some time. The driver fled the scene and s/he has yet to have been found.
The accident occurred around 8:45 p.m. at the intersection of Alameda Street and Oak Street. The victim has not been identified; however, it has been reported that he was a 65-year-old male. He was dragged 75 feet before being released by the vehicle.
According to witness reports, the driver did not stop at the intersection and continued to drive northbound on Alameda Street before turning onto Pine Street.
The Los Angeles Police Department is still searching for the driver, but it has been stated that s/he was driving a white sedan, possibly a Pontiac or a Chevy. There was significant damage to the car.
The accident is currently under investigation and the police are looking to nearby businesses that may have surveillance footage of the incident. If anyone has any information regarding the driver or the accident, please contact the authorities.
If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, contact a Compton car accident lawyer who can assist you with identifying negligence, filing insurance claims; and can ensure that you receive the highest possible compensation for the damages that you have suffered, including punitive damages in the event of serious injury or death.
Bicycle after collision, Scott and Haight (Photo credit: Salim Virji)
On Wednesday in Gardena, California, a cyclist was badly injured after being hit by a vehicle. The driver is now sought by the police after he left the scene of the crime.
The accident occurred around 10:00 a.m. on El Segundo Boulevard. Police responded to calls from witnesses and found the victim of the accident lying in the street. The victim has been identified as Jessie Dotson.
The 60 year old victim sustained head injuries and was immediately taken to a hospital. His condition at the time of the accident was extremely critical; however, whether he has improved or not at this point is unknown.
Dotson was riding to work when he was hit. The driver has been described by witnesses as a Hispanic man likely in his 40s. He was driving a dark-colored compact vehicle with a number 5 on the license plate (the entire plate was not recorded).
The accident caused the vehicle’s windshield to shatter, so the search may be made easier for authorities.
Anyone with information regarding the accident or the missing driver should contact the Gardena Police Department at (310) 217-6183.
If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, contact a Gardena bicycle accident attorney who can assist you with identifying negligence, filing insurance claims; and can ensure that you receive the highest possible compensation for the damages that you have suffered, including punitive damages in the event of serious injury or death.