Residents and visitors in Massachusetts can enjoy walking around the cities and residential areas. While walking is a great way to get around, sightsee and get some exercise on a nice day, it is also a way to encounter some dangers. Although there are mechanisms and safety measures implemented to improve the safety of pedestrians, when people walk where vehicles are also present, this increases the chances of an auto-pedestrian crash.
A recent pedestrian accident occurred in the early morning hours near the intersection of Glenn Avenue and Chelmsford Street in Chelmsford. Police and fire personnel were dispatched to the accident site around 5:45 am and found a 59-year-old pedestrian that was struck by a Jeep while he was crossing Glenn Avenue.
The pedestrian suffered serious injuries and was transported to the hospital for treatment. The Massachusetts State Police is helping with collision analysis and accident reconstruction, and investigators indicated that the 20-year-old driver of the jeep was in the left lane of Chelmsford Street making a left turn onto Glenn Avenue when he struck the pedestrian. At this time it is not clear whether the victim was walking within a cross walk at the time of the collision.
Following an accident investigation, the cause of the crash will be determined. This could also help assess whether negligence contributed to the crash.
If a negligent driver causes a pedestrian accident, he or she could be held responsible for the injuries and damages suffered by the victim. An injured pedestrian could file a personal injury claim, helping them recover compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, rehabilitation, lost wages and other related damages.
Source: Chelmsford.wickedlocal.com, “Pedestrian seriously hurt in Chelmsford accident,” June 9, 2016