A frightening situation worsened for a man who barely avoided going over a cliff in his SUV while driving on Malibu Canyon Road. A statement from the sheriff’s station in Malibu-Lost Hills explained that a tour bus struck a man who escaped his vehicle that was teetering over the edge of a cliff. The man had apparently lost control of his SUV that almost flew into the canyon.

A picture of the vehicle shared on Facebook showed the SUV teetering on the edge. The accident had disoriented the man, who walked into the roadway after exiting his vehicle. Emergency personnel found the victim breathing and awake. Paramedics from the highway patrol and the fire department treated his injuries before he was taken to a hospital.

The hospital has yet to provide a public statement about his condition. The CHP plans to investigate the pedestrian accident. The local sheriff’s office took the opportunity to remind motorists to drive cautiously on canyon roads.

A person on foot hit by a car or truck might suffer serious injuries. If the driver performed negligently, such as hitting a person walking in a crosswalk, then a personal injury lawsuit might be a viable course for recovering financial damages. Bringing the accident to the attention of an attorney might provide insights about the potential for collecting compensation. An attorney could possibly review the accident report or perhaps bring in an accident reconstruction specialist to gather additional evidence. When necessary, an attorney might be able prepare the documentation for a court and initiate negotiations for a settlement to cover the victim’s medical costs, lost income and rehabilitative therapy.

Source: USA Today, “Man Escapes SUV Dangling Off Cliff, Then Gets Hit by Bus,” Josh Hafner, April 4, 2016