Crosswalks are in place in various areas to allow pedestrians a safe way to cross the street. Although pedestrians may have the right-of-way in a crosswalk, drivers who fail to notice a person in a crosswalk might not be prepared to stop and allow the individual to pass by safely. A 12-year-old boy and a 9-year-old boy both suffered major injuries in a recent pedestrian-related car accident that reportedly occurred in a crosswalk in Washington.
According to reports, the accident took place just before 5 p.m. on a recent Tuesday as the two boys were attempting to cross the street via crosswalk. Law enforcement agents advised that a nearby vehicle struck the two boys soon thereafter. Several witnesses stopped to check on the boys and notify emergency responders, and they were both transported to a nearby medical facility for treatment shortly thereafter.
Both boys reportedly suffered numerous broken bones during the incident, and one of the boys is also being treated for a major head injury. Authorities have advised that the accident remains under investigation and that impairment is not suspected. Upon being questioned by authorities, the driver of the vehicle reportedly admitted that he did not see the boys due to a nearby car that obstructed his view.
Those who suffer serious injuries in a car accident may encounter a need for extensive medical care, which can be devastating financially. If the collision comes as the result of another party's negligence, a person could choose to speak to an attorney for guidance on the available options for legal recourse. An attorney can examine the incident and assist a client in Washington in pursuing the compensation entitled through a personal injury claim.