Crosswalks are intended for the safety of pedestrians, and most drivers are respectful of those within them. However, there are too many instances where people are injured or even killed in a car accident when drivers are negligent or distracted. One Tennessee woman was recently a victim of a pedestrian accident.
Police indicated that an 85-year-old woman was using a crosswalk around 7:45 a.m. on a recent Monday. Unfortunately, a driver approaching the intersection claims to have not seen her. The 17-year-old driver reported that he had a green signal light and attempted to make a left turn. His vehicle struck the woman and caused her to suffer critical injuries.
The victim was taken by ambulance to a local medical facility. There has been no additional information regarding her updated medical condition. Tennessee police noted that the signal for the crosswalk was green, indicating that it was safe for her to cross.
The driver of the SUV claimed that he saw the green and then glanced down at the console of his vehicle and that is when he hit the woman. Police have thus far concluded that failure to yield to a pedestrian was the primary cause of the car accident, but they have not as yet indicated whether the driver will face criminal charges. Regardless, the woman (or her family if she does not survive) may file a civil lawsuit against the teenage driver and any other individual with an ownership interest in the vehicle he was driving. A successfully navigated claim could result in a monetary award to help with the financial burdens that these accidents usually create.
Source: wkrn.com, "Elderly woman hit by SUV, critically injured in Green Hills", , Sept. 22, 2014