In a horrible tragedy, a 14 year old was recently killed and her 12 year old sister was left clinging to life after they were hit by a semi-truck while walking to school in South Los Angeles. According to a KTLA report on the incident, the two sisters were on their way to school on foot when a semi-truck turned onto the road the girls were crossing in a clearly designated crosswalk and hit them. After being hit by the truck, the sisters became trapped underneath the vehicle and were dragged for hundreds of feet before the truck driver finally stopped. After being interviewed by police, the truck driver reportedly told police he felt a bump and then stopped the truck, only to find he had hit the sisters and dragged them with his truck. Other witnesses to the accident interviewed by police at the scene further reported that the truck driver appeared to be looking down, perhaps at a mobile phone, when he turned onto the street immediately before hitting the two sisters. He was further reported by eyewitnesses to have still been holding his cell phone and wearing flip flops when he first exited his vehicle after the incident occurred. Both sisters were transported to a nearby hospital by EMS from the accident scene, but the older sister was pronounced dead from her injuries when the ambulance arrived at the hospital. The younger sister is still in critical condition with severe injuries.
Not only does this tragedy highlight the dangers of even walking to school in Los Angeles, but it further highlights the dangers that semi-trucks can cause on the roads of Southern California, where they may be present not only on the freeways hauling goods across long distances, but also on narrow city streets where they may present a danger to children walking to school. JT Legal Group is committed to representing those who have been injured by the negligence of others. Our firm is representing the family of the two sisters who were recently tragically hit by a truck driver. All reports claim he was not paying attention while at the wheel of a semi-truck on city streets in an urban neighborhood with narrow streets where children were walking to school. At that time he cut one young life short and forever altered another life.
One of the worst aspects of this accident is just how many different acts of negligence there appear to have been on this semi-truck driver’s part just before he hit the two young sisters who were innocently walking to school. First, pedestrians are entitled to the right of way under California law when crossing a street in a designated crosswalk. Nevertheless, despite the fact these two sisters were walking across the street on their way to school in a clearly marked intersection, the driver (who was sitting up very high and was in an excellent position to be able to see them given that he was driving a semi truck) nevertheless kept going and ran into them. Second, if the truck driver was indeed operating his cell phone at the time he was making the turn onto the street as witnesses have reported appears to have been the case, he was in violation of California law, which prohibits drivers from operating a motor vehicle while holding a mobile telephone unless the phone is in hands-free mode. Further details are likely to come out as both our firm’s own investigation into the accident as well as the police investigation continues into further instances of negligence on this truck driver’s behalf. Finally, given that the truck driver was operating a semi-truck at the time of his death, which is certainly not the type of vehicle that a person drives for non-work related purposes, there also are questions to whether his employer might ultimately be liable in part for this tragic incident.
Was you, or someone you love, injured or killed by a hit and run driver in Los Angeles or elsewhere Southern California? This is an extremely common occurrence in both Los Angeles as well as California more generally, so much so that California has the highest number of hit and run crashes in the country by far. If this impacted you or someone you know or love, contact us immediately at (888) 529-3111 or email@example.com. Our experienced personal injury lawyers have successfully pursued personal injury claims against dozens of negligent drivers who have injured or killed pedestrians, bicyclists or innocent bystanders in Los Angeles in the past in hit and run accidents and we fight tooth and nail to recover every element of damage for our clients that they are entitled to under California law. Without the help of a trusted personal injury law firm like JT Legal Group when you have been injured or killed in a hit and run incident in Los Angeles or some other part of Southern California, your claim may be subject to getting pushed to the side or completely rejected. For more information, including a free consultation regarding your particular situation, contact our firm immediately – we’re here to help you.
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