Salem, MA (July 12, 2018) – A boy crossing the street on his bicycle was struck by a vehicle in Salem on Wednesday. The collision occurred just before 5:30 pm on Lafayette and Laurel Streets. The boy, identified only as a 14 year old, was riding his bicycle in a crosswalk at the intersection. He was about three quarters of the way through the intersection when he was struck by an oncoming vehicle.
Police and an ambulance unit responded to the crash scene to render first aid to the boy. He suffered what is being described as a non-critical leg injury and was transported to North Shore Children’s Hospital for treatment. The driver of the vehicle did remain on scene to speak with police. Officers have charged the driver with failing to yield for a pedestrian.
Boston Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Pedestrian accidents are an unfortunate fact of life in our state. Especially in large cities, such as Boston, where pedestrians are all around, these accidents occur frequently. In heavily congested areas, it is extremely important for drivers to use due caution when approaching an area frequented by pedestrians. Similarly, pedestrians must make sure that they are always following all traffic laws and ordinances for their own safety.
If a pedestrian is injured due to the negligence another, the pedestrian may have claim for personal injuries suffered as a result. These cases are complicated, however. In Massachusetts, we have a negligence law known as comparative negligence. Comparative negligence means that if the injured person was partially responsible for causing their own injuries, then their recovery will be reduced or eliminated depending on their role in the accident. For instance, if the pedestrian in this case was deemed to be 20% responsible for the crash, then their total money settlement would be reduced by 20% due to their own negligence. Negligence is a key factor in every Massachusetts personal injury cases and it is often disputed by drivers and insurance companies in an effort to lower to value of personal injury claims made by pedestrians.
If you find yourself in this situation, you need an experienced personal injury attorney to help walk you through your case. At the Law Office of Jeffrey S. Glassman, we can help. We have the skill and experience to help get you the results you deserve. We offer free consultations. To discuss your case with one of our attorneys, please call us today at 617-367-2900.
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