Of all motor vehicle accidents, those involving pedestrians are among the worst. Because they lack the protection that motor vehicles afford, pedestrians are completely vulnerable to injuries in a car accident. A crosswalk collision that might be a simple fender-bender between two cars can easily prove fatal when one of the parties involved is a pedestrian.
What’s more, pedestrians are often more difficult for drivers to see, especially at night. A driver who is momentarily distracted may not see a pedestrian until too late. However, it’s important to remember that drivers are always expected to take all precautions in order to prevent such an accident from occurring.
A recent wreck in New Mexico involved a pedestrian, and illustrates why drivers need to be aware of pedestrians. According to reports, the crash happened sometime around 10 in the evening. The person was walking along a New Mexico road when a car struck him or her. The identity of the pedestrian was not known at the time of the report. Reports say witnesses gave authorities conflicting reports of what they saw. The incident is still being looked into, and police are not yet able to confirm the identity of the driver.
Oftentimes, after an investigation, police are able to confirm the identity of a driver who caused an accident. Once this happens, victims may choose to pursue legal action against the driver who caused them harm. Although legal action will not bring a deceased loved one back or cure victims of their injuries, it may help victims and loved ones obtain financial compensation. This compensation can help ensure that victims and their loved ones are not left suffering with the myriad of financial burdens associated with serious accidents, such as medical expenses and lost wages. Instead, they can then focus on other aspects of their recoveries, such as healing emotionally and physically.
Source: KOAT, “Albuquerque police investigate pedestrian accident,” Angela Brauer, Nov. 30, 2015