Pedestrians are vulnerable on or near our roadways, for obvious reasons. When a pedestrian is struck by a car, even if the car is not moving at a high rate of speed, he or she could suffer catastrophic injuries. Two Texas teenagers were recently injured in a pedestrian accident that occurred in Gainesville.
Police responded to an alert about a pedestrian accident on a recent Saturday. Upon arrival, they found two victims, ages 15 and 16 respectively, who had been knocked down by a car. The 15-year-old reportedly suffered head trauma and was taken to a local hospital. However, he was subsequently transferred from there to the Dallas Children's Hospital. The 16-year-old girl apparently escaped severe injuries and was released from the hospital later that same day.
Authorities reported that investigators managed to identify and locate the driver who allegedly caused the children's injuries. After obtaining a warrant for his arrest, he was arrested and taken into custody the following day. He is now facing aggravated vehicular assault charges. Presumably, other charges may follow as the matter proceeds to court.
Both teenagers who suffered injuries may be facing high medical bills and other financial losses that were brought about by the pedestrian accident. They are entitled to pursue recovery of medical and other monetary damages sustained. The parents retain the right to file personal injury claims on behalf of their children in a Texas civil court. Sufficient evidence of negligence, along with the successful presentation of a claim may lead to a monetary judgment in compensation for medical expenses and other losses as allowed by applicable state laws.
Source: kten.com, "Whitesboro man arrested after hitting 2 people with vehicle", Dec. 15, 2014