A number of recent wrongful death lawsuits highlight the danger of pedestrian-vehicle accidents. A pedestrian struck by a vehicle is highly likely to suffer serious injury and death, so drivers are charged with the responsibility of avoiding pedestrians. When they fatally strike a pedestrian, they can be held responsible for wrongful death.

Last week in St. Louis, a bus company settled a wrongful death lawsuit that stemmed from a hurried driver’s failure to clean the windows of the school bus before rushing to start a morning route. As a result, the driver did not see the young man in the crosswalk. The company paid the child’s mother $5 million, which she hopes to use to build a ballpark in her son’s name.

Also last week, insurer State Farm settled a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from a pedestrian-vehicle accident. The driver was on the scene when paramedics arrived, but did not call police or offer information about what caused the victim’s injuries. Instead, the driver’s husband called police 12 hours after the accident to say his wife had hit a dog. As information came out about the accident, the insurance company decided to make a settlement rather than face trial. However, the driver may still face criminal charges.

Just a day after these settlements, another lawsuit was filed in the case of a pedestrian-truck accident. In this instance, 52-year-old man was standing beside his pickup truck alongside US Highway 52 when he was struck by a 1984 Freightliner three-axle tow truck. The lawsuit claims the driver of the tow truck was negligent in one or more of the following: “failing to have his vehicle under control; failing to operate his vehicle at a safe speed; failing to keep a proper lookout; failing to yield and failing to act as a reasonable driver under the circumstances.”

Pedestrian-vehicle accidents are also a significant cause of death in Ohio, especially alongside rural roads. If you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian-vehicle accident, you may be able to obtain compensation with a wrongful death lawsuit. To learn more about your legal options, please contact the Columbus personal injury lawyers of Robert W. Kerpsack, CO, LPA today for a free case evaluation.