A lawsuit has been filed by nephew of a woman who died after being struck by a car while she was a pedestrian. According to the lawsuit, the woman was walking near the area of Milwaukee Avenue and Oak Avenue in Niles when she was struck by a man driving a Plymouth Voyager. The woman died as a result of her injuries. The lawsuit seeks damages because of the negligence of the vehicle’s driver.
When people are walking across the street they have the right of way. The woman in this case was attempting to walk across the street in a designated crosswalk when the accident occurred. The information in the suit states that the vehicle, driven by a Des Plaines man, failed to stop. The driver was allegedly negligent by failing to properly look for pedestrians, speeding, and failing to yield the right of way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
In this accident, as in others, the driver was responsible for his negligent actions. People must remember that their vehicle must be controlled because if they encounter a situation, such as a pedestrian in a crosswalk, they need to be able to stop. The driver in this case was speeding and did not notice the woman walking across the street. The driver was not able to stop in time and hit the woman with force, causing serious injuries and death.
The lawsuit does not specify the exact injuries but we can imagine that they were very serious indeed. People who are hit by cars, even at a low rate of speed, suffer broken bones, head injuries, bruises, and fractured backs or necks. According to the Department of Transportation, more than 4,000 pedestrians died after being struck by vehicles in one year alone. More safety precautions must be put into place to ensure that pedestrians are not in harm’s way. In this case, the woman was in a crosswalk and clearly where she was supposed to be safe. The accident highlights the need for drivers to stay more aware of their surroundings and to drive in a defensive manner.
Because the woman in this case died, the lawsuit alleges negligence and wrongful death. The woman would have been alive today had the driver been in control of his vehicle and taken proper safety precautions to avoid an accident. While nothing can bring the woman back, a lawsuit is appropriate because it makes the driver responsible for his actions. The victim and her family deserve compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of life, pain and suffering, and other costs directly related to the incident. If you or a family member was seriously hurt or died because of the negligence of another, contact Michael T. Friedman & Associates to discuss your options.
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