Car accident involves 100-year-old driver

Posted on September 5, 2012 by

On behalf of The Law Office of Marvin S. Lanter posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, September 5, 2012.

Everyone knows that driving the streets of Los Angeles (or any major city in California) has its risks. For that reason, many people carry uninsured or underinsured motorist insurance and practice defensive driving. However, no one expects to be the victim of a car accident when they are walking on the sidewalk.

The 11 people in South Los Angeles, including nine children, who were recently struck by a car driven by a 100-year-old man were no exception. The man, driving a powder blue Cadillac, slowly backed over a group of elementary school students and their parents, despite efforts to get him to stop, as they were buying snacks from a sidewalk vendor. Although everyone survived, some of the victims were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The elderly driver was apologetic and claimed that his brakes had failed.

Drivers of all ages make mistakes. The aftermath of any accident can be serious. Indeed, even with modern safety devices, a car collision can leave injured parties with years of medical expenses. As a result, insurance companies try to minimize their pay-outs as much as possible.

Without an attorney, sometimes the victims of accidents find themselves footing most of the bills. Often attorneys are able to contact expert witnesses to testify at trial. Such testimony can be essential to winning a lawsuit and collecting an equitable remedy.

Whether in cars or on foot, in the city, it is rare that one is entirely safe. Knowing where to find help if there is an accident can be of some comfort.

Source: The Huffington Post, “Main Street Elementary Car Crash: 100-Year-Old Driver Tells Media His Brakes Failed,” Shaya Tayefe Mohajer, Aug. 29, 2012

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