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One dead following auto-pedestrian accident in Long Beach

One can imagine who typically comes out on top when a pedestrian and a car collide here in Long Beach. Drivers are charged with being aware of those around them at all times. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, pedestrians always have the right-of-way. If and when an auto-pedestrian accident does occur, the financial impact for the pedestrian can be huge. This can be felt either through the medical expenses associated with recovery, or by the financial void left by those who don’t survive such accidents.

Sadly, that was the outcome of a recent car accident in Long Beach. Authorities are looking into an accident that killed a man in a wheelchair. Witnesses who viewed the evening accident have been asked to come forward with specific details. All that has been reported thus far is that a vehicle collided with the man. It’s unknown whether charges have been filed against the driver.

Yet criminal charges in a case such as this don’t make drivers immune of civil litigation, as well. The families of the victims killed in these accidents may still choose to pursue action against these allegedly negligent drivers. However such a case is presented, the potential compensation that the victims’ families may be rewarded can help make up for the support the deceased can no longer provide. It also may help assuage some of their pain and suffering. Yet initiating such action may difficult without a working knowledge of the law surrounding such a case. That’s why accident victims and/or their families may wish to work with a personal injury attorney during this process.

Source: Long Beach Press-Telegram “Man in wheelchair killed in Long Beach crash” Beatriz Valenzuela, Jan. 28, 2014

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