On behalf of Berkshire Ginsberg, LLC posted on Monday, December 3, 2012.
In just one recent evening in the Portland area, three separate car-pedestrian accidents either seriously injured four people. One of the unfortunate pedestrian accidents involved an elderly couple who were hit while crossing Southeast Washington Street after 8 p.m. The 71-year-old woman later passed away at the hospital, while her 70-year-old husband was reported to be in serious condition. The husband and wife were crossing at a crosswalk when they were hit, and the driver stopped after the impact. Portland police indicated that heavy rain was falling at the time, and so far there is no evidence of impairment or speeding. That same evening, authorities in Washington County reported that a 14-year-old boy was struck by a car as he ran across a street. He was reportedly on his way home after sports practice. Rescuers arrived at the scene to find him conscious, and he was rushed to a hospital in Portland. Meanwhile, a 16-year-old boy was left with life-threatening injuries after a vehicle struck him as he crossed Southeast 82nd Avenue at 6:47 p.m. The young man, described only at this point as a student at Franklin High School, was reportedly in critical condition at the hospital. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene, and police do not believe that speed or impairment were factors in the accident. These recent collisions only add to what the Oregon Department of Transportation officials report as a disturbing trend — pedestrian fatalities have risen 25 percent this year compared to 2011. The Bicycle-Pedestrian Safety Program manager with ODOT notes that some 70 percent of pedestrian accidents involve some pedestrian conduct that could be considered contributory negligence. When pedestrians are hit in marked crosswalks, however, the probability that the pedestrian is partially at fault diminishes. The failure to yield to pedestrians at a crosswalk can result in serious injuries or even death, and people who have been injured in a pedestrian accident need to be aware of their right to pursue compensation for damages. Source: The Daily Astorian, “4 injured in 3 Portland car-pedestrian accidents,” Nov. 22, 2012