A 19-year-old Colombia native was recovering from a recent surgery when he was struck by a car early Tuesday evening in Surrey, British Columbia. He was in his wheelchair at the time of the pedestrian accident, on his way to dinner at his girlfriend’s parents’ home. He was struck just before 6PM in the 13300-block of 95A Avenue. The collision caused him to fly out of the wheelchair and strike the ground. He suffered a broken left clavicle, broken scapula, and fractures in both legs. The recovery is expected to be lengthy.
According to evidence gathered at the scene of the accident, the vehicle that struck the man is believed to be a dark purple compact car similar to a Honda Civic. Police are looking for video surveillance from the area. This accident is part of a string of similar incidents in the Lower Mainland recently. Since 2008, there has been an annual average of 49,000 hit-and-run accidents in B.C., and an average of 59 pedestrians are killed in accidents each year.
Any time someone is seriously injured in a car accident because of the driver’s negligence, the victim deserves to obtain fair compensation for medical bills, lost income, and other hardships they must face. However, when the driver flees the scene of the accident, it is a criminal offense – and the victim is often left without recourse and the ability to pursue compensation.
If you have suffered a serious injury in a pedestrian accident or car accident anywhere in British Columbia, please contact Stephens & Holman today to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced Surrey personal injury lawyers. We can help you fully investigate your accident and fight for fair compensation.