The police are not calling it a car crash, but a mishap. On a recent Wednesday morning in Highland Park, four pedestrians were injured when they were struck by a car in the parking lot of a gas station.
According to an official with the Los Angeles Fire Department, the incident happened a few minutes before 10:00 a.m. The four victims were sitting outside of business, in a waiting area, when an employee of the gas station plowed into them. He said "This was a case of a mishap, it was an accident. This is an incident where somebody wasn't calculating properly, their driving skills, and … stepped on the gas and didn't really factor in … what can happen when you don't realize what you're doing behind the wheel of a vehicle."
All four of the pedestrians were taken to a local hospital for treatment. None of the them were considered to have serious injuries.
Police haven't released any more information about the "mishap." However, even though this incident hasn't been called an accident by police, the injured parties will have the right to seek compensation for their medical expenses.
If you are injured in a car accident or a mishap involving a car, and the at-fault party is someone else, you would also have the right to seek compensation. Whether you choose to accept a settlement offer from the at-fault driver's insurance company or you choose to file a lawsuit against the driver, the financial damages arising from such an incident should not be yours to bear. An attorney experienced in personal injury cases can provide more information on your legal options.
Source: ktla.com, "4 Injured After Being Hit by Car Outside Highland Park Gas Station Store; Police Call Crash ‘Mishap’," Tracy Bloom and Kareen Wynter, Feb. 01, 2017