On behalf of Berkshire Ginsberg, LLC posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013.
Victims of pedestrian accidents may wish to seek legal recourse when harmed in an auto-pedestrian accident. A pedestrian accident in Portland recently caused the death of a 59-year-old woman. The woman, a wife and mother who had worked with the developmentally disabled, was walking her dog when the fatal pedestrian accident occurred. Her dog was uninjured. The victim’s husband reported that the force of the accident knocked the victim out of her shoes. According to a local college professor, if a car strikes a pedestrian at 30 mph or higher, there is a 90 percent chance that the pedestrian accident will be fatal. He further notes that drunk and distracted driving play a role in the number of fatal pedestrian accidents in the city. The woman was the eleventh pedestrian killed in Portland in 2013. Fourteen pedestrians died in Portland in 2012. One commentator noted that while Portland is one of the most walkable cities in the country, there appears to be an epidemic of pedestrian deaths. Following the accident, a spokesperson for Portland’s Bureau of Transportation reported that the crosswalk in which the victim was struck had been targeted recently for safety improvements, though the exact measures that were to be taken were not specified. Flashing warning beacons have gone in around the city and more are scheduled to be installed at various highly trafficked crosswalks. As noted by a local engineering professor studying crosswalks and the use of beacons, when an auto-pedestrian crash occurs, it is the pedestrian that is vulnerable. Pedestrians are both harmed by suffering serious, and sometimes severe, injuries in pedestrian accidents but are also killed in fatal pedestrian accidents. When an auto-pedestrian accident occurs, a negligent driver may be liable to injured victims, or family members of a lost loved one, for a variety of different types of damages. Family members of victims killed in a crosswalk because of a driver’s failure to yield or other negligence may wish to bring a claim for damages suffered. A trained personal injury attorney can listen to victims and help victims, and family members of victims, better understand the rights of victims when harmed in a pedestrian accident. Source: KATU.com, “Safety measure was planned for crosswalk where woman killed by car,” Anna Canzano, Dec. 19, 2013