A recent fatal pedestrian accident in a neighboring community north of the Detroit-area left one woman dead. The victim was described as in her 30s or 40s and died at the scene of the pedestrian accident. Reports indicate that a 61-year old woman driving a minivan struck and killed the victim as she was crossing the street. Authorities reported that neither speed nor alcohol appeared to be factors in the crash, but the matter remains under investigation as the police continue to seek additional witnesses.
Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents commonly result fatalities because of the lack of a protective safety barrier for pedestrians who share the roadways with motor vehicles. Pedestrian accidents can occur unexpectedly, and their severity can cause lasting damage to victims and their families. When one of these crashes occurs, victims and their families may be able to recover compensation for the damages they have suffered by pursuing a personal injury lawsuit.
A personal injury claim, when successful, can help an injured victim recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages. Likewise, a wrongful death claim for damages is an option available to surviving family members of an individual who is killed in one of these wrecks. Here, a family may be able to recover compensation for the physical, financial, and emotional damages associated with the loss of a loved one, including funeral expenses.
Legal protections are in place for victims of pedestrian accidents and their families. The aftermath of these crashes can be challenging, which is why victims and their families should be familiar with the legal options available to protect them and their future.
Source: C&G Newspapers, "Pedestrian killed on Woodward," Tiffany Esshaki, Aug. 22, 2017