Victim of Accident Struck While Walking on Sidewalk
A Boston pedestrian was struck and injured while walking on a sidewalk as a result of a multi-car crash at the intersection of Berkeley and Stuart Street in the end of October. Boston’s WHDH noted that a source indicated that the pedestrian suffered serious injuries and was taken to Mass General Hospital and that a truck had landed on the sidewalk after multiple vehicles caused a chain-reaction crash.
News of accidents like this one on the streets of Boston is an important reminder to all drivers and pedestrians that accidents can happen at any time. When many individuals think of ways that a victim could suffer a head injury, they often imagine impact sports or high-speed car crashes. But it’s important to remember that even at low speeds, even as a pedestrian on the sidewalk, we can be at risk of suffering a serious injury.
When a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle, there are several factors that cause risk of head injury. First, the impact of the vehicle to the human body can cause very serious trauma. There is also a secondary risk if the individual is thrown by the vehicle and impacts with the ground. The combination of these trauma risk factors can result in severe head and brain injury to the pedestrian.
When a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle, they are still able to file a claim with the negligent driver’s insurance company. In the example above, the victim will need a very experienced personal injury lawyer to help them navigate the system when there are possibly multiple defendants, multiple insurance companies involved, and varying stories about who was the cause of the accident.
If you sustained a serious head injury as a pedestrian, driver, or a passenger, you should speak with an attorney about your legal rights. The Law Office of David Dwork handles primarily head injury claims, and our team knows how to help head injury victims and their families through the difficult process of seeking treatment, filing a personal injury claim, negotiating with the insurance company, and going to trial with their case, if necessary. If you need legal representation for your head or brain injury, please call our office to discuss your legal options.