The streets of Worcester and Massachusetts in general can be dangerous for pedestrians. Drivers are prone to checking their smartphones, speeding, flouting traffic signs and signals and engaging in any number of reckless behaviors. Another factor that leads to danger and accidents is a drunk driving.
When there is a car accident between a vehicle and a pedestrian, the reality that the pedestrian has no protection can lead to serious injuries and death. After such a crash, it may be important that the person who was hit and his or her family knows the steps to pursue compensation through litigation.
Recently, a 45-year-old man was hit by an alleged drunk driver as he was walking. The accident occurred in the late afternoon at about 4:15 p.m. During the accident investigation, law enforcement found that a 41-year-old woman was driving a 2017 Subaru Outback had stopped right after the crash and then went into a nearby parking lot. She left the vehicle and discarded two bottles of whiskey under other vehicles in the lot. As they spoke to her, they found that her eyes were bloodshot. She confessed that she was drinking “a little.” The man who was hit was hospitalized, suffering from injuries to his head, arm and leg. The driver of the Subaru was arrested.
Any auto accident, especially a drunk driving accident, can cause damage to those involved. People who are hit while in a vehicle are accorded a certain amount of protection. Those who are pedestrians do not have that benefit. This can result in injuries that are long-lasting and significant with an extended hospital stay, surgeries, rehabilitation, the need for long-term care and more. With a fatality, the family will be confronted with an unexpected death that can cause financial, emotional and practical pain. Seeking compensation through a lawsuit is not going to make up for everything that was lost in a car-pedestrian crash, but it can help with the recovery in a physical and financial way.
In this crash, a man was hit as a pedestrian by a woman who was found to have been drinking and driving. He was hospitalized and she was arrested. Given the circumstances of this accident, the man needs to protect himself by considering a legal filing. An attorney experienced in a wide variety of personal injury cases, particularly accidents involving a drunk driver, can help.
Source: telegram.com, “Pedestrian hit, DUI alleged in Worcester crash,” Aug. 14, 2017