PEDESTRIAN HIT BY CAR CROSSING THE ROAD- AUTO ACCIDENT LAWYERS MN
A 7-year-old Minnesota boy crossing the street was hit by a car and killed recently, less than two weeks before he would have celebrated his eighth birthday. Many in the Thief River Falls community share the family’s grief as he was the second child struck by a car and killed this year crossing a road in this MN city. The boy, who was crossing U.S. Highway 59 while waiting for a school bus, also was the 36th pedestrian killed in Minnesota this year, according to the state Department of Public Safety. At this time last year, 24 pedestrians had been killed statewide from being hit by a car while crossing a street or road. At the Rochlin Law Firm, our lawyers have represented many people hit by a car while walking on the road, usually because of driver inattention.
The morning of Oct. 6, the 7 year old was struck by a minivan. Minnesota State Patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow said it will likely take a couple of months before the investigation is complete. He said investigators will use forensic mapping to break down the accident. “It just takes a long time,” Grabow said. At the Rochlin Law Firm, our experienced Minnesota auto accident lawyers frequently work with the State Patrol, and former State Patrol officers, to determine who was at fault in a crash. We are well aware that the investigation moves very slowly.
This was the second fatal accident in three months for Thief River Falls MN, a town of about 8,000 people. In July, a teenager was riding his bicycle through an intersection in Thief River Falls when he was fatally struck by a truck. An investigation did not result in criminal charges in the accident. Our top auto accident attorneys have represented bicyclists and pedestrians hit by a car or truck throughout Minnesota.
Initial reports from the Oct. 6 car crash said alcohol is not considered a factor in the crash. Grabow said the investigation will attempt to determine who was at fault and what the exact circumstances were, but that ultimately, the decision to press charges will lie with the county attorney. In Minnesota, like other states, the car accident victim can hire a lawyer to sue the driver for compensation, usually from their auto insurance, but only the government can bring criminal charges. The initial determination of who was at fault will be with the police.
Investigators in Minnesota have experience examining pedestrian crashes as there have been at least 800 pedestrian crashes throughout the state in the past 10 years, according to Department of Public Safety data. In 2015, there were 911 accidents of people being hit by walking on a road or crossing the road, that resulted in 41 pedestrian deaths. Last year tied with 2009 for the highest total in the past decade. In the past 10 years, Minnesota has averaged 34.6 pedestrian deaths per year. 2016 was likely to top 2015, data shows, with 36 deaths as of Monday. In 2015 there were 17 pedestrian deaths from October to December. Data from 2015 shows more deaths in the fall and winter than in the spring and summer months.
If you or a loved one are hit by a car while crossing in a crosswalk, intersection or road, please call us and speak with a lawyer for a free consultation. Our experienced Minnesota car accident lawyers have represented hundreds of people injured from being hit by car while walking on a road or biking over the last 25 years. Our primary focus is on protecting your rights and getting you and your family all of the insurance coverage you are entitled to. We never charge anything unless you are compensated.