After accidents like the one discussed at the end of this post, there is often not a clear answer to who was at fault for the accident. Even though the driver of the Buick car struck the two pedestrians, he may have struck them because he didn’t notice the truck due to the truck driver neglecting to put out warning devices. Because of all the possible causes of the accident above, contacting an attorney with experience representing pedestrians in lawsuits against truck drivers and trucking companies is the best way to have questions about the case answered.
Representing Pedestrians Hit By Cars
Attorneys Fred Pritzker and Eric Hageman have won verdicts for many pedestrian victims and families of pedestrian victims who were injured or killed by drivers of cars and trucks including:
- A woman who was hit by a car which crashed through the window of a dry cleaners
- A man in a wheelchair who was struck while crossing the street at an intersection
- A man who was run over by a bus while crossing the street
In our law firm’s experience, one of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents is distracted driving. If you hire our law firm, we will dig for evidence of distracted driving. We dig for this evidence by examining the vehicle, interviewing people who were at the scene of the accident, obtaining cell phone usage records, and consulting with accident reconstruction specialists and other experts. If there is sufficient evidence of negligence, you may have a claim against the driver and if they are working while they hit you, their employer. If the accident results in the death of the pedestrian, the family can sue the driver in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Distracted Driving Statistics
- in about 20% of all fatal crashes distracted driving is involved.
- The under-20 age group has the greatest distribution of distracted drivers.
- 21% of crashes involving injury involved distracted driving.
- Nearly 6,000 people each year are killed in accidents involving a driver who was distracted or inattentive.
According to NHTSA, “In 2014, 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.”
Pine County Fatal Accident
A Chrysler 300 sideswiped an International semi truck which was backing into a driveway on a 2-lane road in Pine County Minnesota. After this crash, both drivers exited their vehicles and were struck by a Buick Roadmaster while standing on the side of the road.
Tragically, two people died. The driver of the Chrysler died at the scene and the driver of the International semi was transported to Essentia Health in Duluth with serious injuries and later passed away.
“Patrol Investigates Fatal Crash in Northeast Minnesota.” Bemidji Pioneer. N.p., 2016. Web.
“Accident Report.” Minnesota State Patrol. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Sept. 2016.