When people think of pedestrian accidents, they usually think of the crashes involving people crossing at or walking along major streets. Unfortunately, those collisions only make up a portion of these types of accidents. There are plenty of incidents, in Connecticut and nationwide, where a pedestrian accident takes place in a parking lot, directly outside a place of business or even on school grounds. All are very busy places and pedestrians and drivers alike need to be cautious of their surroundings.
A Connecticut middle school teacher, while walking to school earlier this month, was struck by a vehicle right outside the school. The driver, a parent who was dropping off some students at the adjoining high school, apparently hit her while trying to back out of the bus zone. The teacher, a 65-year-old female, was transported to Hartford Hospital for treatment. She has been listed in critical condition with injuries including a brain bleed and skull fracture.
At this time, it is unknown if any citations or charges are pending against the driver. Local authorities are still in the process of investigating the incident. This is the third disastrous accident the school has had to deal with this school year; counselors have been on hand for students and teachers who may need help coping with this tragic event.
Accidents that result in such severe injury can be hard to overcome, not only physically, but financially and emotionally as well. Hopefully, the victim of this pedestrian accident will see marked improvement and be able to receive the care and rehabilitation she needs to recover. Receiving adequate care can come at a hefty cost, though, which can create a significant burden during an already stressful time. A personal injury claim may be made against the driver, and if they are found liable before a Connecticut court, restitution payments may be granted to help the victim cover the current and future expenses incurred as a result of the crash.
Source: articles.courant.com, Teacher Critically Injured By Car At RHAM Middle School, Hilda Munoz, March 14, 2014