Statistics by the United States Department of Transportation and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration say that in 2002, over 4800 pedestrians were killed and over 70,000 others were injured in vehicle-related accidents.
On June 6 in Ocean City, Maryland, a female woman in her 20’s suffered head injuries after being hit by a car filled with River Hill, Pennsylvania high school graduates. The pedestrian had failed to use a crosswalk.
In Hagerstown, Maryland, police are blaming an 18-year-old teenager for two hit-and-run incidents that took place on June 3. According to police reports, William Guy IV was driving a Ford Bronco in the wrong direction on I-81 South when he hit a pickup truck and later hit a pedestrian. Guy is said to have left both accident scenes. Police finally apprehended him after his Bronco crashed into a road sign. The pedestrian and two other victims were treated and later released at Washington County Hospital.
A pedestrian was killed on May 12 in Indian Head, Maryland when James Turner, 24, was hit by a bus while trying to cross Indian Head Highway on Route 210 in Charles County. Turner was struck when the driver of the bus swerved the vehicle from the right to the left lane to avoid deer on the road. So far, no charges have been filed.
A pedestrian accident can result in a range of injuries, including:
· Broken or fractured bones
· Permanent disability
· Temporary incapacitation
· Head injuries
· Brain injuries and damage
· Mental distress and damage
A personal injury lawyer can help you get compensation for injuries, distress, medical costs, loss of earnings, and any other damages or expenses resulting from a pedestrian accident. If you have lost a loved one as a result of a personal injury accident, you may be able to receive compensation for wrongful death.
Police: Pedestrian Struck By Teen Graduate, Delmarvanow.com, June 7, 2006
Pedestrian Struck And Killed By Bus Driver, ABC7news.cm, May 12, 2006
Police Say Teen Responsible For Three Early Morning Accidents, NBC25.com, June 3, 2006
Pedestrian Accident, Lawcore.com
Related Web Resources:
Injury Prevention: Pedestrian Safety, National Highway Safety Administration
Crash Statistics, Pedsafe