Most pedestrians in California feel safe while walking on sidewalks. In fact, car accidents involving pedestrians on sidewalks are relatively infrequent. Unfortunately, a recent crash will likely have people questioning their overall safety after at least nine people were injured.
The incident happened during the early morning hours of a day in February. According to reports, several people were on the sidewalk in a popular area with bars and restaurants just prior to closing time. Unfortunately, police say that a 22-year-old man drove his pickup truck over a curb, striking several people.
Reports indicate that some of the people were stuck under the truck. One bystander describes a female victim who was bleeding from her nose and asking for help. The condition of the victims range from moderate to critical with ages from 18 to 49. The driver has since been arrested, suspected of felony DUI causing great bodily injury.
The decision to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol can easily end with devastating consequences if car accidents happen. Because of this California accident, the victims may be facing a lengthy recovery. In addition to their physical injuries, they may also struggle financially as a result of lost wages and medical bills. To ensure that they are able to cope with these expenses and focus on their recovery, they may choose to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the man police believe to be responsible. An attorney with experience with such cases can help these victims understand their options and take appropriate action.