A husband and wife, both age 67, were crossing the street on Will Drive in front of their home in Canton on Thursday night around 8:40pm when they were hit by a 21-year-old male from Acushnet who was driving an Infiniti G35. According to reports, the couple was transported to Boston Medical Center with serious injuries. No names have been released.
According to a report issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Center for Statistics, 4280 pedestrians were killed in pedestrian-car crashes in the United States in 2010, with 70,000 pedestrians injured in such crashes-an increase of several percentage points since 2009. The good news, if it can be considered as such, is that from 2009 to 2012 Massachusetts did see a 7% decrease in the total number of crash fatalities (including drivers and pedestrians).
Pedestrians have no physical barriers to protect themselves when they are hit by a car, truck, or other vehicles, so they are very susceptible to injury. Pedestrian accidents can result in injuries including broken bones, skin burns, spinal cord injuries, lacerations, and even death. When a pedestrian is involved in an accident, there are a number of legal implications which can complicate the person’s recovery. Who pays medical costs? Lost wages? What if the accident is a hit-and-run? Contact a skilled MA personal injury lawyer if you were injured as pedestrian.
Canton couple hit by car crossing Will Drive, seriously hurt, PatriotLedger.com, April 13, 2012