It could be considered common knowledge that pedestrians should make use of designated crossing areas and watch for traffic, especially when crossing roadways. Similarly, drivers should yield to pedestrians and be on the lookout for people attempting to cross streets, even areas not marked as a crosswalk. Unfortunately, even when people follow proper traffic rules and posted regulations, accidents still have the possibility of occurring. The failure on the part of a pedestrian or driver to pay the utmost attention could lead to serious injuries.
Two adults in Illinois were the victims of such circumstances after they were hit by a vehicle while attempting to cross a street. A witness stated that the two were utilizing the designated crosswalk at the time of the accident. Unfortunately, the victims did sustain serious injuries, and while one is expected to recover, authorities stated that the other has died.
Initial reports from responding police indicate that the driver was not suspected of speeding, driving under the influence or cell phone use at the time of the collision. Authorities do not expect to file any charges against the driver at this time. However, because it is an on-going investigation, there could be a possibility that evidence against the driver could later surface.
As this event shows, pedestrians are at risk in the roadways even when they are using a crosswalk. This particular incident is even more heart-wrenching as the victims were grandparents who had just been watching their grandchild play at a nearby park. The child and other family members were undoubtedly shocked at the sudden event and must now face further unpleasant tasks such as making funeral arrangements and dealing with medical costs. Because such duties can result in a financial burden, the family may wish to look into Illinois laws regarding wrongful death claims to determine whether they may be entitled to compensation.
Source: kmov.com, 1 dead, 1 injured after being hit by car at ‘dangerous’ O’Fallon, Ill. intersection, Dan Greenwald, Sept. 14, 2013