A few months ago California’s Central Valley pedestrians were reminded of how important it is to be aware of their surroundings at all times.
In March 2016, 47-year-old Johnny Gonzalez was walking southbound on a crosswalk on the west side of Lovers Lane in Visalia at around 8pm. As he was crossing, a vehicle heading westbound ran a red light and hit him.
The driver, 67-year-old Olga Cazares, drove away from the scene. A witness followed Cazares to a nearby store where she was then taken to the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility.
Cazares has been charged with felony DUI and Hit & Run.
Pedestrian Suffers from Major Injuries
Gonzalez suffered major injuries in the accident. He was taken to a local hospital for further treatment.
While the types of injuries Gonzalez sustained were not immediately revealed, some of the most common injuries in accidents of this type include:
- Neck and back pain
- Injuries to the legs and arms
What to Do after Being Hit by a Car
First and foremost, receive the medical care you need and deserve. Follow the treatment plan as prescribed by your doctor, go to all of your appointments, and hold on to all copies of your medical bills and treatment records.
The next issue to consider is who may be legally at fault. In the incident reported above, most would assume that the driver of the vehicle is responsible. You then have the option of:
- Filing a third party insurance claim against the insurance policy of the driver (the adjuster will investigate your claim), and taking any payout they offer
- Hire an attorney who will fight for your right to receive the compensation to which you are entitled. This is particularly important if serious injuries were sustained
A Triebsch & Frampton, APC personal injury attorney is able to handle any and all settlement negotiations on your behalf. We know when an adjuster is not bringing a fair offer to the table and we are committed to settling for a fair amount that will provide you with the care you need to recover from your injuries.
Our law firm is also experienced in helping pedestrians who may share partial fault in an accident, and those who were a victim of a hit-and-run (as this particular pedestrian accident may have turned out to be if not for one vigilant and determined witness).
For a free consultation with one of our talented attorneys, call us today at (209) 667-2300.