Two pedestrians in a marked crosswalk were struck by a car Tuesday night.
The accident happened at about 9:55 p.m. in the 6400 block of Atlantic Ave., near Artesia Blvd. The pedestrians, two males, ages 25 and 35, suffered critical injuries and were transported to a local hospital.
According to police, the driver remained at the scene and cooperated with police. Preliminary indications are that the driver was distracted and ran a red light. Officers are not sure whether the driver was texting or using a phone when he struck the pedestrians.
What if a Driver’s Insurance Policy isn’t Enough to Cover a Pedestrian’s Claim?
It is too early to know the value of the pedestrians’ claims. The value of their claim is based on many factors, including:
- Injuries suffered
- Medical bills – past and future
- Lost wages – past and future
- Whether the pedestrians will completely recover from their injuries, or have permanent residual medical issues
- The pain and suffering they had to endure
Pedestrian Accident Victims may be able to Make Underinsured Motorist Claim
If the driver’s insurance coverage is not enough to cover the injury victims’ claims, the pedestrians can make a claim under their own auto insurance policy, if they have underinsured motorist coverage, and if their underinsured motorist policy limit is greater than the driver’s liability policy limit.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian v. auto accident, you should speak with a personal injury lawyer about your right to compensation.