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download-5-1Norwood, MA (June 27, 2018) – A pedestrian was struck Tuesday while walking along the road in Norwood, Massachusetts.  Norwood police responded to a call for a pedestrian accident Tuesday morning.  Upon arrival, they located a victim in the roadway suffering from injuries.  After further investigation, police determined that the victim had be struck by a passing vehicle.  Along with police, EMS also responded to the crash.  The pedestrian suffered serious, but non life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to a hospital in Boston for treatment.

The Norwood police are actively investigating this crash.  The driver of the vehicle remained on scene and cooperated with the police investigation.  There is no word yet on the cause of the crash or if police expect to charge the driver.  The injured pedestrian was not immediately identified.

Pedestrian Accidents

images-2-2We typically think of traffic accidents as involving one more vehicles.  However, this discounts the fact that pedestrian accidents make up a large number of reported accidents each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 13 percent of total traffic-related fatalities in 2010 were caused by pedestrian accidents.  In the same year, the number of pedestrians injured in accidents exceeded 70,000.00. These are nationwide numbers, however Massachusetts certainly experiences its share of pedestrian accidents, especially in metropolitan areas.

Most pedestrian accidents are the result of drivers or pedestrians not paying attention to the traffic conditions. In Massachusetts, pedestrians have the right of way when using a crosswalk or if they are crossing an intersection with a green traffic light.

If traffic signals are malfunctioning or the pedestrian chooses to walk against traffic anyway, a driver still must yield to any pedestrian in a legally marked crosswalk. If the driver fails to do so, and the pedestrian is injured, the driver is legally responsible for the resulting injuries.

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