Actress Reese Witherspoon was rushed to a local hospital late Wednesday morning after being hit by a car while she was out jogging in Santa Monica. Police confirmed that the pedestrian-vehicle accident was not a hit and run and the star suffered only minor injuries.
Only days after being struck by a car during a standard mid-morning jog, the 35-year old actress is recovering in the comfort of her own home. The driver, an 84-year-old woman, has been cited and released for not yielding to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. Failure to yield to a pedestrian is a violation of the law, but the generous actress has chosen not to press charges. Even so, the unidentified driver was issued a driver’s reevaluation form by officers on the scene. The woman will be required to take a full examination within 30 days of the issued papers in order to maintain her driving privileges. She may also be required to take an eye exam and/or provide record of her current medications, a decision that will ultimately be up to the DMV.
Witherspoon’s minor injuries are a true blessing to what could have been a fatal accident. Although the actress sustained only a few personal injuries from the accident, not all pedestrians fare so well. When a person is lucky enough to survive the potentially disastrous effects of being hit by a car, the chances that they have been seriously injured are quite good. Law abiding citizens who have been unjustly harmed as a result of someone else’s negligent behaviors are sometimes left to deal with the aftermath of physical and financial difficulties from an accident they did not cause. The medical bills that accompany any type of injury, let alone those that require physical therapy or even reconstructive surgery, will almost always be more of an expense than someone has readily available.
It is also important to consider the mental and emotional costs that can result from an unexpected accident. Although sometimes overlooked, the distress and damage to one’s mental wellbeing can be equally as injurious as that of physical harm. For example, an individual who always walks or runs in the mornings may no longer feel compelled to do so if he/she has been hit by a car during one of their daily routines. In these cases, the minor misjudgment of someone else has shaken up a person’s entire lifestyle, possibly irreparably.
Witherspoon’s recent accident has a lot of people questioning their own safety. No matter who you are or where you live you should never rule out the possibility of unexpected mishaps and personal injury accidents. Once you have been injured by someone else’s mistake or misbehavior, you know how important it becomes to stand up for yourself and protect your life which was recently put at risk. When this happens, the skillful know-how of an aggressive personal injury attorney can help.
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