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UPDATE: Diane Castillo Injured In Torrance Hit-And-Run Car Accident Along Vermont Avenue

Oct 9, 2019

Diane Castillo Torrance: Diane Castillo Injured In Torrance Hit-And-Run Car Accident Along Vermont Avenue

TORRANCE, CALIFORNIA (October 9, 2019) – A woman identified as Diane Castillo was injured in a hit-and-run car accident while she was walking her two dogs along Vermont Avenue.

California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 5:30 a.m. For reasons that remain under investigation a driver reportedly was speeding and hit Diane Castillo and her two dogs. 

Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help Diane Castillo. She was transported to the hospital with fractured ribs. One of her dogs tragically died following the accident. 

Police are still searching for the driver who did not stop at the scene. An investigation into the accident remains ongoing. 

Liability In Pedestrian Accidents

According to the Centers For Disease Control, “In 2016, 5,987 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States. This averages to one crash-related pedestrian death every 1.5 hours. Additionally, almost 129,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency departments for non-fatal crash-related injuries in 2015. Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash on each trip.” Pedestrian accidents tend to happen when drivers are:

  • Speeding 
  • Distracted
  • Fatigued 
  • Intoxicated

Drivers have a legal obligation to keep an eye out for pedestrians and avoid hitting them even when they are outside of lawfully marked crosswalks. According to California Vehicle Code 21950, “The driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk shall exercise all due care and shall reduce the speed of the vehicle or take any other action relating to the operation of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian.” Drivers that flee the scene of an accident after hitting a pedestrian will likely face criminal as well as civil liability. 

Any person that is injured in a pedestrian accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a bodily injury claim can help with lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. It’s important that evidence is preserved after an accident and that victims get all of the follow up care that they need. A pedestrian accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Getting Help After A Hit-And-Run Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to Diane Castillo and her family as she is going through such a difficult time. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the Torrance police department as they continue their investigation. The driver that fled the scene needs to be held to account for their actions. 

If you or someone that you love has been injured in a pedestrian accident you may have legal recourse. There are a number of laws designed to help protect your rights including Prop 213. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights so that they can make informed decisions. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285. 

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