According to a recent report, a Worcester man was recently struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver. The truck that hit the pedestrian victim left the scene and police were looking for the driver following the accident. Authorities were looking for a dark colored truck with a snow plow. Police were asking for the public’s help in locating the hit-and-run driver. Authorities spent a significant amount of time at the scene of the fatal pedestrian accident taking measurements and interviewing witnesses.
The stretch of the road where the fatal accident occurred is curvy, busy and facilitates fast-moving traffic. As drivers, in many circumstances, it is essential to adjust to changing roadway and traffic conditions. In general, drivers have a duty to exercise care for the safety of others on the roadways, including the safety of pedestrians who can be particularly vulnerable on the roadways. Negligent drivers who have harmed a pedestrian may be liable to victims or their families for the harm they have suffered.
In some circumstances, more than one party may be liable in an accident. In those circumstances, in Massachusetts, a party that is less than half responsible for the accident can recover damages that may be reduced according to their degree of liability. Through a personal injury or wrongful death claim for damages, injured victims or families of victims of fatal pedestrian accidents may be able to recover compensation for the physical, financial and emotional damages they have suffered, including medical expenses, funeral expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages, among others.
Victims of pedestrian accidents and their families may endure a variety of unexpected and unpleasant challenges following a pedestrian accident. The legal process is available to them in anticipation of these challenges to provide protections and remedies for them during a difficult time.
Source: Telegram.com, “Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run on Pleasant Street,” Feb. 15, 2017