Pedestrians have no protection to shield them when they are hit by a vehicle, and this can lead to serious injury. Drivers often forget that pedestrians have the right of way. They need to give pedestrians ample room to be certain that a serious situation does not occur. However, it is sometime too easy for drivers to ignore pedestrians and their actions. Unfortunately, a homeless man was recently injured in Massachusetts when he was involved in a pedestrian accident with a minivan.
The homeless man was struck by a minivan on Oct. 5 and was then transported to the hospital with injuries. The man was trying to cross the street when he was apparently hit by the side mirror, and then possibly the front tire of the car. The 55-year-old driver of the minivan has not yet been cited.
It is believed that the man’s injuries are not life-threatening, but it is unknown when he will recover, or how long he will remain in the hospital. Police have stated that neither speed nor alcohol were factors in the crash. The incident is still under investigation at this time.
Depending on what the investigation determines, the Massachusetts homeless man could be awarded monetary damages for the injuries he suffered in the pedestrian accident. A successfully litigated claim could help pay for the hospital bills that he accrues while healing from his injuries. Financial restitution would also allow him to fully recuperate, without the worry of paying for the new bills he has acquired, especially while he is homeless and possibly unemployed.
Source: patriotledger.com, Homeless man injured in Weymouth pedestrian accident, Lane Lambert, Oct. 7, 2013