On behalf of Restovich Braun & Associates posted in fatal motor vehicle accidents on Thursday, March 31, 2016.
Drivers have a duty to keep a watchful eye out for crosswalks that are supposed to enable pedestrians to safely cross the roadways. Sadly, drivers aren’t always vigilant about watching for people who are in crosswalks. When drivers aren’t paying close attention, they can smash into pedestrians, which can lead to severe or fatal accidents.
In Minnesota, 900 pedestrians were struck by vehicles last year. Of those, 40 were killed. This figure shows that it is crucial for drivers pay more attention to driving than anything else, especially in areas frequented by pedestrians.
Recently, a woman and her mother were crossing Kellogg at Mulberry Street in the evening, near downtown St. Paul. A vehicle in the right lane of Kellogg stopped to allow the two women to safely cross, however, a sport utility vehicle in the left lane didn’t yield to the woman and slammed into them.
The two women were taken to the hospital where the 24-year-old daughter was pronounced dead. The 64-year-old mother is expected to survive the accident. The driver who struck the pedestrians is said to be cooperating with police officers. It isn’t believed that drugs or alcohol played a part in the fatal accident.
Pedestrian accidents are often horrible tragedies. The pedestrians don’t have any protection against the large and heavy vehicles that strike them. If you lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, you should explore your right to seek compensation for the loss. This can help you cover the final expenses and other costs related to your loved one’s death. It can also help you to hold the driver, or other entities found to be at fault, accountable for their actions.