If you live in Los Angeles, you have likely heard about the recent tragedy that occurred in Venice, California. Just the other day, a Colorado man drove his car into the weekend masses at the Venice Beach boardwalk, killing a woman and injuring 16 people. While his lawyer calls it “a horrible accident,” the state believed otherwise: charging him with one count of murder, 16 counts of assault with a deadly weapon, and 17 counts of hit-and-run.”
As we have shared in recent blog posts (including one about rapper Chris Brown allegedly being involved in a local hit and run), hit and run accidents are common in California. Perhaps it is the sheer number of cars on the road and people in the streets, but regardless, something has to change.
One of the victims in the Venice Beach car accident was Italian newlywed Alice Gruppioni, 32, who was on her honeymoon, was killed. Her new husband is devastated, and rightfully so. Alice’s husband and the rest of the victims would be wise to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles to discuss their legal rights. For example, if your loved one is killed by another’s negligence or other unlawful behavior, you might be able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit on the deceased victim’s behalf and recover financial damages for your losses. Additionally, the victims of a hit and run accident who live, but suffer injuries, have legal rights that an experienced hit and run accident attorney can fight for.
Some have questioned whether the City of Los Angeles is liable, in part, for this massive tragedy by not having proper street barriers and protective measures in place. Immediately after the accident, the Los Angeles City Council called for new street barriers to block vehicles from getting onto the boardwalk. A motion, approved unanimously, urged police and city officials to immediately erect temporary barriers at the most dangerous intersections along the boardwalk, which draws tens of thousands of visitors on weekends. If the City was to be found at all negligent, the victims could potentially sue the deeper pockets of the City of Los Angeles for financial compensation for injuries suffered.
For more information on financial recovery in hit and run accidents and the ability of a loved one to bring a wrongful death lawsuit, contact the aggressive trial lawyers at BIKLAW today.