Driving a car can be dangerous. Other drivers can be distracted, negligent, or drunk. While a car crash involving two vehicles can be serious, causing severe injuries and death, there is perhaps an even more dangerous type of accident: the single-vehicle wreck involving a pedestrian. Since pedestrians lack the safety features provided by a vehicle, they face extreme risk of catastrophic injury when struck by a vehicle.
One such incident occurred recently in East Knox County. There, a 90-year old man was struck by a car while he crossed the street. The car accident victim was taken to the hospital, but no details on his condition have been released. The driver claims he did not see the man until it was too late to stop. The man was arrested for driving without a license, but at this time no other charges have been filed in relation to the accident.
A car accident like this can leave a victim with serious injuries that can leave him in painful physical and emotional rehabilitation for years. These recoveries can be very expensive, leaving victims with bills they cannot afford to pay. Luckily, legal action can make full recovery possible and ease the stress imposed by undeserved financial obligations.
To succeed on a lawsuit against a distracted driver, a victim must prove that the accident was caused by the driver's negligence and that negligence caused compensable injuries. In the East Knox County accident, for example, the man must prove the driver was negligent by, for instance, failing to yield or speeding.
Once these elements have been met, a victim can obtain compensation for his personal injury from the negligent driver. These awards can be used to recover medical expenses, lost wages, and compensate for pain and suffering. Then, a victim can obtain the best care possible so that his recovery can be full and fast.
Source: Knoxville News Sentinel, "Man, 90, struck by car on Old Rutledge Pike," Jan 2, 2013