Pedestrians can get seriously injured when they are struck by motor vehicles. Injuries suffered in car vs. pedestrian accidents can have major impacts on a pedestrian’s life. Last week, an injury-causing car vs. pedestrian accident occurred in Oregon. The accident happened in Portland last Thursday. Reportedly, that day, a 50-year-old man was driving a motor vehicle along Southeast Division Street. Allegedly, the man’s vehicle then hit two pedestrians. The 50-year-old man has been accused of having been under the influence at the time of this crash. He faces multiple criminal charges in connection to the accident. Included among the charges the man is facing are charges of vehicular assault, reckless driving and DUII. The 50-year-old man reportedly has three past DUII convictions. According to the OregonLive.com article which reported this story, the two pedestrians the 50-year-old man hit sustained serious injuries in the accident. These two individuals were taken to a hospital after the crash. As this incident shows, car vs. pedestrian accidents can sometimes result in pedestrians getting seriously hurt. Because car vs. pedestrian accidents can be so harmful, it is very important for motor vehicle drivers to do everything they reasonably can to prevent car vs. pedestrian accidents. This includes watching for pedestrians when out on the roads. It also includes making sure to obey all applicable traffic laws and avoid engaging in dangerous conduct when behind the wheel. One hopes that all motor vehicle drivers in Oregon will do what they can to help keep pedestrians safe. Source: OregonLive.com, “Motorist with 3 prior DUII convictions strikes two pedestrians in Portland and is back in custody,” Maxine Bernstein, Sept. 4, 2012 Our firm handles car vs. pedestrian accident cases and a wide variety of other motor vehicle accident cases. If you would like to learn more about our firm, please see our pedestrian accidents page.