Tia Longmire Accident: 11-Year-Old Student From Edna Hill Middle School Critically Injured After Being Hit By Car On Balfour Road
BRENTWOOD, CALIFORNIA (October 24, 2018) An 11-year-old girl from Edna Hill Middle School identified as Tia Longmire was critically injured in a car accident as she was walking with her sister by Balfour Road.
The victim was taking her sister to Garin Elementary School when she was struck by the car. Firefighters rushed to the scene of the accident in order to give aid to the victim. A nurse that was passing by stopped to help.
She was airlifted to a hospital in order to receive treatment for multiple bone fractures and a traumatic brain injury. The driver remained at the scene and has been cooperating with police.
There was an outpouring of support for Tia Longmire following the car accident. A Go Fund Me has been created in order to help with her medical expenses.
There is currently an investigation into the car accident that injured Tia Longmire. City engineers are working to determine if a dangerous condition in the roadway may have contributed to the accident.
What To Do After A Pedestrian Accident
Pedestrian accidents seriously injure thousands of people every year. Even at a low speed, the force of a car accident can be strong enough to fracture bones and cause traumatic injuries. There are number of steps that a victim of a pedestrian accident should take in order to preserve their rights:
Get to safety first. If you’re in the middle of the road get to someplace where a car can’t hit you. A number of car accidents occur every year shortly after a previous accident.
Document the accident scene as well as you can. Take pictures of the road conditions and surrounding objects.
Get the insurance information of all parties involved. If there are any witnesses collect their information as well.
Seek medical treatment and document your injuries with pictures. Insurance companies will argue that you weren’t really injured that badly if you wait to receive treatment or if there are large gaps in your treatment.
Seek the advice of an experienced Los Angeles pedestrian accident attorney.
An attorney can investigate all aspects of your case including the possibility that a defect in the roadway contributed to an accident. A number of intersections in Los Angeles are very dangerous.
Liability In Pedestrian Accidents On Dangerous Stretches of Road
Depending on the facts of any case there may be multiple sources of liability for the accident that injured Tia Longmire. For example, a driver could be negligent if they were not paying attention and struck a pedestrian. A number of pedestrian accidents happen when a driver is either intoxicated or drowsy. They may not notice a pedestrian walking in the middle of the road. In addition to driver negligence, there may also be municipal negligence for an accident caused by a dangerous condition in the road. Drivers down Balfour Road are often blinded by the sun during morning hours.
According to California Government Code 835, “Except as provided by statute, a public entity is liable for injury caused by a dangerous condition of its property if the plaintiff establishes that the property was in a dangerous condition at the time of the injury, that the injury was proximately caused by the dangerous condition, that the dangerous condition created a reasonably foreseeable risk of the kind of injury which was incurred.” A victim of a car accident caused by a dangerous condition of the roadway can bring suit against the city that was responsible for taking care of the road.
Getting Help From A Pedestrian Accident Attorney
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to Tia Longmire and her family as she continues to recover. It is our sincere hope that there is a thorough investigation and that steps are taken to make this road safer. We also encourage everyone to donate to the Go Fund Me page that has been set up for the victim to help cover her medical expenses.
If you or someone that you love has been injured in a car accident you may be entitled to financial compensation. Our team of experienced personal injury attorneys can investigate your case and let you know what your rights are. We do everything in our power to get our clients the most compensation possible so that they can focus on healing. Whether you are trying to get an accident report or have questions about your rights we are here for you. You can reach us anytime by calling (888) 888-9285.
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