Everyday cars and people must share the road safely as they travel from one location to the next. People walking on sidewalks or on the side of the road must be able to do so without fear of being injured or killed in a car accident.
A devastating auto-pedestrian accident has claimed the life of a 67-year-old East Boston man. The man was struck by a car while walking down the street. The driver of the car remained at the scene of the accident while the victim was transported to an area hospital. Unfortunately, the victim did not survive. The accident remains under police investigation.
Auto-pedestrian accidents can cause serious injuries or even death. In fact, 5,000 people die annually from being hit by a car. It is therefore of the utmost importance that automobile drivers be aware of pedestrians sharing the road. Drivers who speed through crosswalks or fail to use their blinkers while turning could cause a pedestrian accident, because they are not driving in a predictable manner. While pedestrians must take care not to dart out into traffic or otherwise behave in an unsafe manner, they also need to be able to anticipate how the cars in their vicinity will be traveling.
If someone is injured in an auto-pedestrian accident, they may seek compensation for their injuries through a negligence lawsuit. Damages recovered may include past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost wages. Such recovery may go a long way to helping a victim of an auto-pedestrian accident recoup some of the financial costs associated with their injuries.
Source: The Boston Globe, “East Boston pedestrian dies in Cambridge crash,” April 3, 2013