Walking across the street might not seem like a big deal for many people. However, pedestrians expose themselves to danger at every intersection they cross, whether or not they realize it. All it takes is one driver to take his or her eyes off of the road for a moment for an accident to occur. Unfortunately, pedestrians are typically the ones who suffer most of the impact of a car-pedestrian accident.
On a recent evening, a 33-year-old man was crossing an intersection at an unmarked crosswalk in Colorado. Suddenly, a pickup truck collided with the pedestrian. The man walking across the road suffered serious injuries and was brought to a hospital for treatment.
Law enforcement officials remained at the scene for several hours in order to conduct an accident investigation. At the time of reports, police were still looking into the circumstances behind the incident. Charges have not been filed against the 20-year-old man who was driving the pickup truck.
Reports indicate that the pedestrian was listed in serious condition when he arrived at the hospital. As such, he could be facing a long and painful recovery in the coming months.
The expenses for medical treatment and rehabilitation could take a toll over time. In addition, accident victims often lose wages because they are rendered unable to work by their injuries. In order to help recover the financial losses associated with car accidents, victims often consider the possibility of a personal injury claim. In order to have a successful suit, it is typically important to assess whether or not one or more parties demonstrated negligence.
Source: The Denver Post, "Truck crashes into pedestrian at unmarked Fort Collins crosswalk," Kirk Mitchell, Dec. 21, 2013