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UPDATE: LAPD Officer Mike Martinez Injured In Hit-And-Run Car Accident In South Los Angeles Near East 61st Street and San Pedro Street

Aug 29, 2019

Mike Martinez Los Angeles: LAPD Officer Mike Martinez Injured In Hit-And-Run Car Accident In South Los Angeles Near East 61st Street and San Pedro Street

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA  (August 28, 2019) – An LAPD officer identified as Mike Martinez was injured in a car accident near the intersection of East 61st Street and San Pedro Street.

Los Angeles police officials are saying that the accident took place around 10:40 p.m. Officer Mike Martinez was making a traffic stop for a suspected stolen vehicle. 

At some point the driver of the van took off and struck him to the process. Mike Martinez  was able to grab onto the roof of the car but was later thrown off. 

Police are saying that the victim sustained injuries to his elbow and wrist. There is still an ongoing search for the driver that struck officer Mike Martinez. 

Liability In Hit-And-Run Accidents

According to the NHTSA, “Most pedestrian deaths occur in urban environments (73%) rather than rural, at non-intersection locations (70%) rather than intersections or other configurations, and during the night (70%). One in 5 (19%) pedestrian fatalities were hit-and-run.” Pedestrians that survive hit and run collisions are often left with very serious injuries including:

  • Broken bones
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Wrist injuries
  • Head injuries 
  • Post traumatic stress disorder

It is a felony to flee the scene of an accident that results in bodily injury. According to California Vehicle Code 20001, “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident and shall fulfill the requirements of Sections 20003 and 20004.” Drivers that choose to flee the scene of an accident may face civil liability. 

Victims of hit and run collisions may be able to recover damages through a civil claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. If the victim was working at the time of an accident they may also be entitled to worker’s compensation. It is important to seek medical treatment after an accident. Failing to seek medical treatment may jeopardize your ability to file a claim down the line. 

Getting Help After A Car Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to LAPD Officer Mike Martinez as he continues to recover. Any person that may have information about the driver should reach out to authorities. It is deeply unfortunate that so many people choose to break the law instead of facing responsibility for their actions. 

Have you or someone that you care about been injured by a hit-and-run driver? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285. 

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