Most drivers in the Cincinnati area know that they need to be on the lookout for bicyclists, joggers and pedestrians when they are on the roadways. However, the unfortunate reality is that not all drivers are as careful as they should be. In some cases, this can result in pedestrian accidents that can lead to serious injuries.
According to a recent report, a Marine veteran of the Vietnam War was recently attempting to cross Martin Luther King Boulevard in his motorized wheelchair when he was struck by a car. The initial reports do not indicate whether or not the driver was cited for traffic violations or if the driver was otherwise negligent, but, in general, pedestrians have the right-of-way. As of January 19, the veteran remained hospitalized, where he is in a coma and suffers from a fractured hip and a broken pelvic bone.
The veteran was using a motorized wheelchair because he is a double-amputee. A recent report highlighted how the local community in Cincinnati is rallying in support of the veteran in an attempt to raise enough money to replace the motorized wheelchair that he was using when he was struck crossing the street.
When collisions involving motor vehicles and pedestrians occur, the results are usually severe for the pedestrian. As this recent case shows, significant injuries can occur. If these types of collisions are caused by negligent drivers, those drivers may need to be held accountable through a personal injury lawsuit.
Source: WLWT5, “Spirit of Cincinnati shines on disabled veteran hit by car,” Karin Johnson, Jan. 19, 2018