Long Beach, CA (December 22, 2020) – On the evening of December 19, a 5-year-old boy sustained severe injuries in a hit-and-run pedestrian crash that also injured his father. The incident occurred in the Willmore neighborhood of Long Beach at approximately 6:40 p.m.
The father and son were walking in the vicinity of Magnolia Avenue and Ninth Street when they were struck by a passing vehicle. Paramedics were on the scene of the crash within two minutes after it occurred.
Witnesses stated that the boy was in his father's arms when paramedics arrived. He had sustained critical injuries and was rushed to a nearby hospital. The boy's father was then also transported for minor injuries.
The area where the accident took place was shut down while first responders were at the scene. Police are still searching for the driver who struck the pair, who fled the scene of the accident after it occurred.
No further information has been released.
We would like to offer our thoughts to the family of the injured victims at this time in hopes of a full recovery.
Hit and Runs in California
Traffic accidents in California, unfortunately, occur hundreds of times per day. Recent statistics concerning the annual auto accident rates in California state that approximately 650 car accidents per day occur in the Golden State. Approximately 9 people per day are killed in California auto accidents or about 3,200 per year. This is approximately 10% of the national accident rate, which sits at around 32,000 people who lose their lives annually in auto accidents in the United States.
The Golden State is one of the nation's leaders pertaining to hit and run crashes. On a national level, California has seen the most hit-and-run accidents of all of the US states. According to information provided by a report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, hit-and-run fatalities have increased by more than 7% nationwide since 2009.
Sadly, almost all of the traffic accidents that take place in the United States are the result of negligent driver errors. Statistics state that approximately 94% of all auto accidents that take place in the United States are the result of driver negligence. Some examples of driver negligence include but are not limited to; Fatigue, intoxication, and distraction. Driver distraction is the number one leading cause of auto accidents in the nation, probably due to the advent of hand-held technological devices like smartphones and tablets.
In the event that you or a loved one of yours is injured in a negligently caused Los Angeles car crash, you could be entitled to significant financial compensation that may be able to cover the cost of your injuries, damages, and incurred losses that may have resulted from the crash. Being injured by another person's carelessness may be a difficult and lengthy process to recover from, which is why there are Los Angeles personal injury attorneys who make it their duty to assist those who may find themselves stuck in such a situation.
The California auto accident attorneys at AgnewBrusavich have been successfully helping injured accident victims and their families get through arduous accident aftermaths since 1984. Our primary goal is to assist those who have been injured by another's negligence to get the financial compensation they deserve. Call our law firm at (310) 928-9081 today in order to speak with a skilled and experienced California auto accident attorney concerning your own personal injury case and to see if you qualify for financial compensation for your injuries and losses.
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