On behalf of Berkshire Ginsberg, LLC posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013.
Those involved in auto accidents may face serious or even fatal injuries. This is especially true for individuals in vehicle related pedestrian accidents. Recently, a two vehicle accident in Portland left one person dead and several others injured. The accident involved multiple pedestrians and two vehicles. A pickup and a taxi reportedly collided at an intersection. The impact pushed one of the vehicles onto the sidewalk area and into several pedestrians. One pedestrian died while four were sent to area hospitals. The drivers cooperated with authorities. However, the cause of the accident is reportedly unknown. Pedestrians injured by a negligent driver of a vehicle may wish to seek compensation for the injuries they have suffered. Serious and severe injuries can result from a pedestrian accident. A fatal pedestrian accident can also lead to situations where family members of a lost loved one may wish to sue the negligent driver for damages. For a negligent driver to be liable, the injured pedestrian will be required to establish that the driver owed the pedestrian a legal duty and that the driver failed to meet that duty, resulting in the injury or harm suffered. Factors that may be considered to determine if the driver was negligent include whether the driver was not attentive, disobeyed posted speed limits or did not yield to pedestrians who were using marked crosswalks. Additional factors include whether a driver disobeyed signs or signals, failed to use a turn signal, disregarded roadway conditions, including weather conditions or drove while under the influence. An auto-pedestrian accident can lead to catastrophic injuries and even death. If the negligence of a driver caused the injuries, those injured, or family members of those killed, may be able to seek damages. Source: Oregonlive.com, “Two-vehicle crash kills one pedestrian, injures four others,” Deborah Bloom, Jan. 20, 2013