Repeat DUI offender hits mother, two children in pedestrian accident

A Louisville mother and her two kids were injured in a pedestrian accident, highlighting the dangers of these types of crashes.

A pregnant mother and her two young children were hospitalized September 18 after a driver struck them at a crosswalk, according to a Wave 3 News report. Witnesses say the driver ran a red light at a Louisville intersection, where he hit the three pedestrians after they exited a "Disney On Ice" event at the KFC Yum Center. They were transported to University of Louisville Hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

The driver, meanwhile, was arrested following what appears to be his second incident of driving under the influence of alcohol within the past six months. He faces serious penalties and possible jail time if convicted of a second offense, especially due to the fact that he hit three people in the Louisville pedestrian accident.

Risks associated with pedestrian accidents

Every day, motor vehicles strike pedestrians who are walking in crosswalks, on sidewalks or on the side of the road. Although the risks in this recent case were likely increased due to the driver's alleged impairment, the circumstances are fairly common. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vehicles injured nearly 70,000 pedestrians in 2010 alone; an additional 4,280 were killed.

To put this into perspective, these figures mean that a pedestrian is injured every eight minutes and one is killed about every two hours in the United States. In many cases, these pedestrians are obeying the law, using crosswalks and sidewalks and waiting to cross the street until they have the appropriate signal. If a driver is distracted and strikes someone on foot, the pedestrian is at a severe disadvantage when it comes to the level of protection against serious injuries.

Most commonly, pedestrian accidents happen at intersections and crosswalks. Because pedestrians are not as visible as a typical motor vehicle, drivers must be especially careful to watch out for them at all times.

Injury claims after accidents

In these situations, determining who is at fault depends on negligence. Drivers or pedestrians would be at fault for a collision if they failed to act with reasonable care, which directly resulted in the crash. Plaintiffs also need to demonstrate that they were injured and that the negligence was the cause of the injury.

Determining exactly how an accident occurred can be very difficult for police, attorneys and courts alike. Generally, law enforcement officers will create a police report reflecting the results of their findings, including statements from witnesses, the parties involved and the observable details of the accident.

Proving negligence in a pedestrian accident is a challenge, but it will likely be necessary to seek the monetary compensation you deserve to cover medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation and other expenses after a serious injury. For more information on your rights and the possibility of filing a personal injury claim in Kentucky, consult an experienced Louisville auto accident attorney.

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