Actor Gary Busey was involved in an incident in which he allegedly struck a woman with his car in a Malibu parking lot while attempting to back out of a space, according to recent reports. The actor was apparently trying to move his car in reverse when a woman walked behind him. He struck her relatively lightly; she was treated at the scene and released. Busey released no statements on the incident, but police did say that they did not think drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash.
While there are millions of “fender benders” in parking lots each year, most of them do not involve injury to people. In fact, many of these accidents involve empty cars that are hit while their owners are shopping, causing only inconvenience and expense to the victims. However, when humans are the victims of parking lot accidents, the injuries can be serious.
The most common type of parking lot personal injury accident is a pedestrian crash. These accidents can cause serious injury to the victim, particularly if the victim is a child or an older person. Fortunately, most cars in parking lots are traveling at very slow rates of speed, and this makes it easier for the pedestrian victim to survive a crash. Once a car reaches 35 miles per hour, the chances of a pedestrian surviving an impact drop significantly.
Even when pedestrians survive these accidents, however, they often suffer serious injuries such as broken bones, internal trauma, traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury. These types of injuries can lead to months or years of suffering, medical bills and recuperation.
The first thing you should always do if hit by a car is to seek medical attention, even if you do not believe you were seriously injured. There have been cases in which someone did not immediately feel pain but later discovered he or she was hurt badly. This is particularly true of injuries like whiplash, which can occur if you fall down as the result of being hit by a car.
Once you are cleared medically, be sure to talk to an experienced personal injury attorney like Dan Gilleon in San Diego. With the help of a personal injury lawyer, you can stand up for your rights and may be able to recover compensation to pay your medical bills and other expenses.