As Channel 7 News Boston reported, a child was injured after being struck by a car outside of Joseph Estabrook Elementary School on Grove Street in Lexington, MA. The victim’s identification has not yet been confirmed, however, it was stated that the child luckily only suffered from minor injuries. More commonly than not, this is not the case.
As experienced personal injury attorneys, we have handled numerous cases where pedestrians are seriously injured after being struck by a moving vehicle. A pedestrian can be defined as anyone on foot: walking, jogging, running, or standing. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it was estimated that 70,000 pedestrians were injured and 5,376 pedestrians died after getting struck by a car or truck in 2015. In fact, it has been proved that pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than a vehicle passenger to be killed in a car crash.
In pedestrian accidents, liability and damages continue to be the two main factors to consider. Liability means who is at fault and damages are the injuries and financial loss the victim suffers. A driver of a motor vehicle has a duty to drive, operate, and control the vehicle in a safe manner. If a pedestrian was hit and injured by a car or truck driving negligently, that person may file a claim for compensation for his or her injuries. If liability, however, is unclear and the accident is still being investigated, the injured person should take special precaution when speaking about their claim. Especially, if the driver's insurance company calls. A personal injury lawyer can help protect your rights, investigate your accident, and ensure you are compensated fairly for your injuries.
As we journey through the winter months, it is important to consider your safety when outdoors. Snowbanks, dark evenings, and slippery roadways are all common causes of a pedestrian accident. Other common causes include defective roadway conditions, inexperienced drivers, speeding, and driving under the influence. As a pedestrian, you should always remember to look both directions before crossing the street, only cross when safe to do so, and use designated sidewalks and crosswalks.Mahaney & Pappas, LLP have extensive experience with great results representing injured pedestrians, who have been struck by a vehicle. We provide free consultations to those injured in an accident and always strive for the best possible result in any personal injury claim. Feel free to call us at (508) 879-3500 or contact us online.