Pedestrians, unfortunately, rarely escape car accidents without serious injuries and this is why it is important for drivers to take extra precautions near crosswalks and in other areas where pedestrians may be nearby.
On Friday night a 16-year-old was seriously injured when he was struck by a car in Ellington Township, Michigan.
The Michigan State Police reported that the collision took place on Hurds Corner Road just north of Shabbona Road. A vehicle was parked in the northbound lane of Hurds Corner Road, facing southbound; its occupants, two 16-year-old boys, had exited the vehicle and were in a ditch tending to dogs they found there.
A 20-year-old Michigan man was driving north on Hurds Corner Road when he reportedly saw the headlights of the parked vehicle and swerved into the ditch to avoid striking the car. The vehicle struck one of the 16-year-olds and the other was not hit.
The teen that was struck was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Saginaw with serious injuries, according to the Huron Daily Tribune.
The driver of the northbound vehicle and a passenger in that vehicle suffered minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene.
The Michigan State Police 3rd District Crash Reconstructionists were among those who reported to the scene. It is often necessary to reconstruct the scene of an accident in order to learn just how it conspired and whether anyone is at fault for the accident.
When a pedestrian accident is caused by a negligent driver, it is possible to hold him or her accountable for medical expenses and pain and suffering with a civil personal injury lawsuit.
In this case, the investigation was ongoing as of today.
Source: Huron Daily Tribune, "Caro teen seriously injured after hit by car," Dec. 12, 2012
- More information about the laws that apply in car vs. pedestrian collisions is available on our Michigan law firm's Pedestrian Injury page.