Stockton news reports that a nine-year-old girl was killed in a pedestrian accident as she was crossing street. The Stockton girl suffered head trauma and burn injuries after being struck by a van. She was taken to the University of California, Davis, Medical Center in Sacramento for treatment.
If you have suffered serious personal injuries as the result of any California accident, including car accidents or pedestrian accidents, it is important to speak to an experienced Stockton injury attorney to answer your personal injury questions and determine your next steps.
Reports indicate that the girl was crossing the street and in the crosswalk with other people when she was struck by a Chevrolet Astro van headed west. A CHP Officer noted “The driver was driving toward the sun, and this shows that sometimes your blind spot doesn’t have to be on the sides or behind you; it can be in front of you.”
Although it is unknown whether the young girl in the crosswalk was walking or riding her motorized scooter at the time of the accident, the bike caught fire when hit by the van. The fire subsequently burned her arms, legs and chest. The girl was in stable condition when she was flown to the Sacramento trauma center.
Police are investigating whether the woman who was driving the van was speeding or ran a red light. Alcohol doesn’t appear to be a factor.
Whenever an injury occurs, contacting an experienced personal injury lawyer is important to advise you of your rights and help you obtain compensation for your injuries. Because so many factors may play a role in determining fault in an accident, it is important to have someone on your side, investigating just what happened and ensuring your needs are protected.
Often, recovery of damages – including items such as medical expenses – involves working with an insurance company. Whether an insurance company will pay your claim depends on the specific language of an insurance contract. Further, some insurance companies may ignore or delay processing claims filed by people without attorneys. Where you are the party charged with causing an accident, the insurance company must provide you a defense. However, if the claims are not covered under the insurance policy, the insurance company will not be required to pay you damages.
With so much at stake, if you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident such as a car accident, its important to contact an experienced Stockton injury lawyers to provide you crucial advice and help you recover the compensation you deserve for your injuries. For more information, contact the dedicated Stockton injury attorneys at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette for an immediate consultation.