Drivers and passengers are not the only people on the road who may be at risk due to careless or reckless driving. Pedestrians and bicyclists are everywhere, especially in built-up areas like suburbs, towns and cities. And they have far fewer protections in the case of a collision.
A local police department in southern Georgia's Crisp County is investigating an accident in which the driver of a sedan struck an 11-year-old child while he was crossing the road. The incident happened during the evening after dark on a state route in a commercial district.
The child, who was accompanied by a 13-year-old child who was not hurt in the accident, was transported to a local hospital with a serious head injury. His initial condition was critical, and an officer with the town's police department said they continue to monitor the situation.
The driver of the vehicle stopped at the scene and is cooperating with investigating authorities. There were no initial criminal charges filed against the driver, although the person may be subject to a lawsuit in civil court if the guardians of the victim determine that financial damages are required after the incident.
Pedestrian victims of collisions with cars or trucks, as well as the families of people killed in accidents, have the right to claim reimbursement for resultant medical expenses and compensation for emotional distress or lost wages during recovery if the accident was another person's fault. An attorney can help examine the evidence to find if this is a tenable position and try to maximize damages for the victims of a tragedy.