On behalf of Berkshire Ginsberg, LLC posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2013.
Auto-pedestrian accidents can result in serious injuries for which the injured victim may need to seek compensation. A man who turned himself in and was subsequently arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court may not be the only driver involved in a recent hit and run accident. The pedestrian accident left a 37-year old man with injuries. The man who has turned himself in was arraigned on charges of failing to perform duties of a driver and hindering prosecution. Based on the tests authorities performed on the man’s vehicle, however, they believe another vehicle was involved in striking the pedestrian. Police are looking for a dark-colored Ford Escape missing a driver’s side mirror and not the silver colored Ford Escape missing a driver’s side mirror driven by the man who turned himself in. It is believed that the man who has been arraigned hit a parked car. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 78,000 pedestrians suffer injuries in auto-pedestrian accidents each year. When considering liability in auto-pedestrian accidents, it is important to remember that drivers owe a duty of reasonable care while using roadways and must adhere to the laws of the road. Likewise, pedestrians must do the same. A distracted driver or a driver who fails to yield (such as to a pedestrian in a crosswalk) or runs a stop sign may be considered, for instance, a negligent driver and face liability to an injured victim. In the case when the driver who struck the pedestrian cannot ever be identified, the injured victim still has options available to pursue when left with serious injuries. The victim can seek compensation for damages sustained through an uninsured motorist or underinsured motorist claim. Pedestrian accidents can result in severe injuries. Options to aid in recovery may be available to victims even if the liable party cannot be identified. Source: The Oregonian, “Portland police seek public’s help in finding a second suspect vehicle,” Maxine Bernstein, Feb. 28, 2013