Crosswalk accident sends pedestrian to hospital

Although pedestrians are supposed to have the right of way when they are crossing the street at a designated crossing area, cars do not always stop. This set of circumstances can trigger a serious car-pedestrian accident. A pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle has little to protect them from the impact. The consequences can be severe.

One such accident recently occurred in Woburn. Police say a 31-year-old man was struck by a car as he and his son attempted to cross a street. The accident happened just a few minutes before 8 p.m. on a Tuesday. The 31-year-old man was hit in a crosswalk by a car driven by an 88-year-old man. It has been reported that the boy did not sustain any injuries in the accident.

The man was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital with what officials initially characterized as potentially life-threatening injuries. The man's current condition isn't known at the time this post is being written.

Authorities have impounded the car of the elderly driver. They say an investigation into the accident continues.

Why did the driver fail to see the man and his son as they crossed the street? This is just one of the many questions that need to be answered by the police investigation. Hopefully, the investigation will provide the man and his family the information needed to evaluate whether they should file a personal injury action. If the evidence establishes that the driver acted negligently and caused the accident and serious injuries, Massachusetts courts can be asked to consider claims for monetary relief by the victim for the damages he has suffered.

Source: Woburn Patch, "Update: Man Badly Injured in Pedestrian Crash," Danielle Masterson, Oct. 10, 2012