Pedestrians have to take an unfair amount of caution when crossing the road or walking on the sidewalk. In many ways, a pedestrian is not only responsible for ensuring that they are following all of the rules, but also ensuring that oncoming vehicles are following the rules as well. The situation shouldn’t be so one-sided, but unfortunately pedestrians simply can’t afford to risk being struck by a vehicle, and you can’t always trust other drivers.
A young Virginia boy was recently killed in a pedestrian accident in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. The child and his family were crossing the street when a vehicle allegedly struck the boy, who died from his injuries. The boy was the only fatality, but other pedestrians suffered lesser injuries as well. An investigation into the accident is ongoing. The boy was 8 years old.
Whether you’re in Virginia or Ohio or any state in the country, the outcome of apedestrian accident will almost always be more severe for the pedestrian than those in the vehicle. While virtually anything can cause a pedestrian accident, from impaired driving to negligent driving to jaywalking, pedestrians have the right of way in most instances, and oftentimes drivers simply don’t notice them. Because the pedestrian usually suffers such serious injury, it can be difficult or impossible to get a report of how the accident occurred.
It’s not always clear who was at fault in a pedestrian accident, which is why it is of the utmost importance that an investigation is conducted quickly and thoroughly. Police usually conduct such investigations, but strong legal counsel will look into the incident as well, and can help victims of pedestrian accidents receive compensation for their injuries.