One of the functions of a community is to report dangers to those in local government in an effort to bolster the safety of its residents and visitors. Unfortunately, in spite of the efforts to raise awareness of existing dangers, there will continue to be serious accidents until government officials take corrective actions. In the wake of one serious pedestrian accident in Minnesota, a community is once again speaking out about a dangerous crossing.
According to the report, two teen girls were attempting to cross at an intersection of Highway 47 and Penderson Drive NW. As they were in the marked and lighted crosswalk, they were struck by a motorist. One 14-year-old victim is reportedly in the critical care unit while the other teenager required surgery for her injuries. The driver did stop at the scene.
Several community members spoke out about the dangers of that particular intersection. Highway 47 has posted speed limits of 50 mph in that area. The two streets are a major thoroughfare for traffic with several businesses and a middle school in the location. Though a marked crosswalk was installed years ago, even police report that lack of appropriate lighting and effective traffic control pose a significant risk to pedestrians.
In the days since the girls were injured, the community is once again requesting help from city officials to take actions to reduce the chances that others will be injured in a future pedestrian accident. There have been suggestions that the city construct a tunnel that could allow for safe pedestrian travel. The families of the two girls are left waiting to see whether they will fully recover from their horrifying ordeal. Families who face similar circumstances are also faced with the pressure of mounting expenses and related financial losses. Those who have been injured in a Minnesota accident may research their options for seeking restitution for the damages they have incurred with the assistance of an experienced attorney.