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Elderly man killed in Massachusetts crosswalk accident

On behalf of posted in Pedestrian Accidents on Thursday September 17, 2015

Many grandparents are known for their dedication to their grandchildren, including their desire to take as active a role in their lives as possible. One man in Massachusetts was known for his extreme dedication to his grandchildren, including taking his wheelchair on a train and bus to be able to spend time with them. Unfortunately, he was recently killed in a crosswalk accident while attempting to return home after his grandson’s birthday party.

The accident happened in early September. Reports indicate that the 72-year-old man and his wheelchair were struck by vehicle driven by a 45-year-old man. Police say that the victim was in a crosswalk at the time of the accident.

While the incident is currently under investigation, police do not suspect that drugs or alcohol was a factor in the accident. Unfortunately, there are many families of elderly people in Massachusetts who have suffered as this man’s family is now. A study conducted by Smart Growth America revealed that elderly people are at an increased risk of being harmed in a pedestrian accident. While people over the age of 65 represent only 13.4 percent of Massachusetts’s population, they are the victims of a third of pedestrian-related fatalities.

Many people have who have been injured or lost a loved one in a crosswalk accident struggle with the financial ramifications of the incident. If the accident was caused by a negligent driver, victims have the option of pursuing recompense in a Massachusetts civil court. A successfully presented case could help families struggling in the aftermath of an unexpected tragedy.

Source: lowellsun.com, “Loved ones remember Boston man struck and killed in Chelmsford“, Melissa Hanson, Sept. 9, 2015

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