Laila Ali, the daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, struck an elderly male pedestrian with her car in a parking lot in Calabasas leaving him hospitalized with serious injuries. According to reports on TMZ and the Daily mail, the boxer turned TV star was driving in a store parking lot in Calabasas when the pedestrian accident occurred. The injured man was treated at the scene before an ambulance took him to an area hospital. He is said to be in stable condition.
According to the LA Fire Department, the accident took place in the Calabasas Commons area the afternoon of Dec. 4. Ali took to social media after the incident saying she was praying for the man who was hit and said she and her daughter Sydney are doing fine after the incident. She described the incident as a “minor parking lot accident” and said the elderly man was walking behind her car as she was backing up.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured elderly pedestrian. We wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Pedestrian Accidents While Backing Up
These types of accidents are extremely common especially in shopping areas. With the busy holiday shopping season underway, it is even more important for motorists to pay attention when they back up from a parking spot. The law requires motorists to exercise caution in such scenarios as well. According to California Vehicle Code 22106: “No person shall start a vehicle stopped, standing, or parked on a highway, nor shall any person back a vehicle on a highway until such movement can be made with reasonable safety.”
Compensation for Victims
A pedestrian who has been injured as a result of driver’s negligence or carelessness may be able to seek compensation for injuries, damages and losses sustained. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Victims in such cases would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles pedestrian accident lawyer who will remain on their side, fight for their rights and ensure that they are fairly and fully compensated for their losses.