Over the holiday, an incident at a local Boston hospital reinforces the statistics and reasoning behind the rearview cameras discussed in the last blog. One life that was just lost could have potentially benefitted from such a requirement in vehicles, especially large ones with many blind spots.
A pedestrian was hit by a truck that was backing up on the grounds of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Boston. The accident occurred around 1:30pm on Christmas Eve at the intersection of Warren and Nevins Street in a loading zone near the hospital entrance and parking garage. The 80 year old victim was hit by the truck’s trailer and pinned against the loading dock where he sustained the fatal injuries.
According to hospital officials, the loading dock was not an area that experienced much pedestrian traffic and it is not yet known why the man was walking there. The man was hit by a healthcare linen service truck. No charges have been issued as police investigate the circumstances behind the accident.
Hospital employees were shocked to hear of the news and saddened that one of their hospital visitors should be fatally crushed outside of their doors that offer healing. This unfortunate accident on the eve of a holiday highlights the benefits of backup cameras in order to prevent fatal backup accidents.
When you or a loved one suffers from a pedestrian injury due to a motor vehicle, it is best to consult with attorneys who practice in the area motor vehicle accidents. A skilled attorney can assist you in determining what legal options are available to you as a result of your injuries.
Source: CBS Boston, “Man Struck And Killed By Tractor Trailer At Boston Hospital,” Dec. 24, 2012