Residents in Brockton are still reeling following Tuesday’s Massachusetts pedestrian accident that killed 3-year-old Christopher Mitchell and seriously injured his mom and two siblings.
The family was crossing North Main Street when they were struck by a black Toyota minivan. As of early this morning, Cindy Mitchell, 28, was reported to be in fair condition at Massachusetts General. Her two other children, 4-year-old Valentino and 6-year-old Angel, were reportedly in good condition.
The Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office says the driver of the minivan, Pierre R. Jeudy is charged with motor vehicle homicide and other charges. The Brockton motorist’s license has been revoked. In the past, Jeudy was cited for minor motor vehicle moving violations, including two citations for failure to stop.
Losing someone you love or watching them suffer as they cope with the losses and injuries they’ve sustained in a Massachusetts traffic accident is hard enough without having to worry about where you’ll get the financial resources to cover medical costs, funeral expenses, recovery costs, lost wages, and other damages. Personal injury recovery or wrongful death compensation can give you the funds you need to help you and your family obtain the services that you need.
While we cannot control the way another motorist drives, there are steps that adults can take to act defensively to prevent Massachusetts pedestrian accidents:
• Cross at pedestrian crossings • Look in every direction to make sure no cars are approaching • Make sure you have the right of way • Stop when you reach a driveway and check that there are no cars coming in or going out • If you are crossing the street with a child, hold his or her hand.
That said, Massachusetts pedestrian accidents can still happen despite our best efforts to prevent them because another party was negligent.
Brockton area residents mourn for 3-year-old killed in pedestrian accident, Wickedlocal.com, April 2, 2009
Van driver that struck Brockton family charged in fatal accident, Boston Herald, April 1, 2009
3 children, woman struck by van in Brockton, Boston Herald, March 31, 2009
Pedestrian safety, Raising Children Network
Related Web Resources:
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety, FHWA
Pedestrian Injuries to Young Children
Negligent motorists must be held accountable for any personal injuries suffered by pedestrians as a result of reckless or careless driving. The best way to ensure this is to speak with an experienced Massachusetts pedestrian accident law firm.