Officials in cities and towns throughout Minnesota work hard to ensure the safety of the public. One of the measures they take is to carefully mark pedestrian crossings in an effort to protect walkers from motorists. Unfortunately, in spite of the laws and safety markings, a pedestrian accident is an unfortunate reality when a driver is inattentive or otherwise negligent.
Recently, one woman was a victim of one of these collisions. According to officials, she was attempting to cross a street within the safety of a marked crosswalk. Before she could complete her crossing, she was hit by a passing motorist. The impact of the collision propelled the victim several feet into the air before she landed on the street surface.
Witnesses ran to summon help from the nearby fire station. Emergency workers rushed to the scene and helped prepare the seriously injured woman for transport to the nearest medical facility. One passerby stated that the victim was hit with such force that she was knocked out of her shoes and lay motionless in the roadway.
Police have yet to identify the victim as she was not carrying any forms of identification at the time of the accident. She is currently still unable to speak as she remains hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. Minnesota officials have issued a citation to the 76-year-old driver who struck the victim. Anyone who suffers serious injuries in a pedestrian accident may seek to recoup documented monetary damages through a personal injury civil lawsuit. When the accident victim dies, his or her surviving family may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim.