Summer is winding down in Los Angeles, and children across the state are using their last few weeks of summer vacation to enjoy being outdoors. Though parents certainly caution their children against potential dangers like car accidents, unfortunately, tragedy can still strike. Children may not be as alert as adults, especially when they are engaged in another activity, such as riding a bicycle.
Recently, a Los Angeles boy was riding his bike in a residential area. Witnesses state he was struck by a car. When help arrived, the child was found to have life-threatening injuries, and he was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment. Though most parents know that wearing a helmet and having lights or reflectors on the bicycle can help make drivers aware of the child, not all children have access to these safety precautions. This boy was reported to be without a helmet.
Investigators learned that the crash may have occurred several blocks away. Police do not believe the driver that struck the boy was under the influence at the time of the accident, but they are investigating the crash in earnest. Witnesses have come forward to provide information.
When children suffer serious injuries or death as the result of car accidents, parents may feel overwhelmed. Dealing with medical bills, insurance matters and legal cases can seem impossible when a parent is unsure if their child will be able to recover. It can be helpful to seek the aid of an experienced attorney. An attorney may be able to assist families as they attempt to deal with the tragedy and it’s aftermath.