A couple of weeks ago, a man drove through the parking lot of the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre and struck many pedestrians and eventually crashed into a police car. The crash is still under investigation by the police. Nine people were injured in total, five of which needed to be hospitalized as a result of the crash. Four of those who were hospitalized suffered serious injuries.

The central question here is “why did this crash happen?” The police don’t believe that alcohol was a factor in the crash. So what factors could have been involved? Was the driver intoxicated due to drug use? Was the driver distracted? Was he asleep? Did the vehicle have a mechanical malfunction?

We will have to wait to see the full details of the investigation. In the meantime, let’s talk about pedestrian accidents.

This particular crash isn’t typical of pedestrian accidents, as it happened in an open parking lot. Usually you hear about pedestrian accidents happening at intersections where people are using the crosswalk.

Under these circumstances, pedestrian accidents can be fatal. In many cases, the pedestrian is left with serious injuries that may change their life. And if it can be proven that the driver was negligent when he or she hit the pedestrian, then a lawsuit should be considered.

Pedestrians are very vulnerable out on the road, so when they are struck, they will need help to deal with medical bills and the personal trauma suffered from the accident. Often a civil lawsuit is filed to hold the negligent driver responsible and to recoup needed finances to allow the injured pedestrian to deal with his or her medical bills.

Source: Los Angeles Times, “Driver hits 4 pedestrians in parking lot of Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre,” Peter Jamison, Sept. 3, 2016