Texas motorists who share the roads are obligated to act with caution and in accordance with traffic regulations in order to maintain safety for themselves and others. However, drivers are not the only ones on the roads at all times. Often, pedestrians cross paths with motorists, thus calling for extreme safety measures both on the part of those traveling on foot and those operating motor vehicles in the area in order to prevent a car accident from occurring. The president of the University of North Texas, Mr. Smatresk, was recently involved in an accident in which he was the driver of the car.
Apparently, after making a left hand turn on the road, his vehicle struck two pedestrians who were crossing the street. It was just after 9 p.m. and Mr. Smatresk had reportedly just left a shopping center at the time.The 40-year-old man and 25-year-old woman who were struck both suffered injuries and were transported to an area hospital for treatment.
Being hit by a car can result in serious injuries, and, sometimes death. An accident victim who survives an injury may be met with unexpected financial debt due to ongoing medical bills, loss of wages or costs associated with recovery. Many times, a person in this type of situation is not prepared to pay such expenses.
The law protects pedestrians who have suffered injuries in a car accident due to a motorist’s negligence. By filing a personal injury claim in a civil court, one is able to seek monetary judgment for damages against anyone deemed responsible for the accident. A successfully litigate claim can provide court-awarded compensation that can then be used to help offset some of those costs.
Source: dentonrc.com, “Smatresk involved in accident”, Jenna Duncan, Dec. 22, 2015