Accidents involving pedestrians and cars often result in those pedestrians involved sustaining serious or even fatal injuries. Injuries common in car accidents involving pedestrians include broken bones, internal injury and bleeding and severe tissue damage. One Birmingham recently man suffered injuries after he was the victim of a hit-and-run car accident.
The accident occurred as the man, who is employed by the city of Birmingham as a Street and Sanitation worker, was collecting garbage. While the man’s sanitation truck was stopped along a two-lane road, the driver of a maroon Ford Escape attempted to go around the truck.
Upon passing the truck, however, the driver of the Ford Escape hit the man who was unloading garbage into the back of the sanitation vehicle. Rather than stopping to ensure the man was ok and call 911, however, the driver of the Ford Escape sped away from the accident scene.
The man was transported to UAB hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Police continue to investigate the accident and are attempting to locate the vehicle and driver who hit the man.
Thankfully, it appears as though the victim only sustained fairly minor injuries. When it comes to pedestrian and car accidents, however, even seemingly minor injuries often take weeks or months from which to recover. During this time, an injured individual is likely unable to work and incurs several thousands of dollars in medical bills.
In addition to criminal charges, the victim in this hit-and-run accident may choose to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver of the vehicle who struck him. A personal injury lawsuit can help pedestrians who have been injured recover compensation related to lost wages as well as medical expenses.
Source: Alabama’s 13, “Birmingham city worker injured in hit-and-run wreck Thursday,” Shannon Delcambre, Jan. 10, 2013