Individuals in Utah and elsewhere often get around by foot. Whether it is to get some fresh air, travel from a parked car to their destination or their main source of transportation, there are various features to promote safer travel for pedestrians. Unfortunately, if a driver is not attentive or other negligence occurs, a pedestrian could be hit by a motor vehicle.
According to recent reports, a vehicle in Salt Lake City struck a 79-year old man while he attempted to cross 400 South. Authorities reported that the crash occurred just after midnight and the man was pushing a shopping cart across the street against the light at the time of the collision.
Following the crash, it was reported that the motorist of the Silver SUV that struck the man stopped their vehicle briefly before taking off on 400 South. Authorities are still looking for the driver and vehicle involved in the crash. When emergency crews arrived at the scene, the pedestrian was conscious and breathing. He was transported to the hospital where he died shortly after. Further details of this collision have not been released.
No matter the cause, the aftermath of a pedestrian accident is likely traumatic. The mere weight and size of a vehicle could cause serious and even fatal injuries to a victim pedestrian, even if moving at a slow speed. Thus, it is important that victims and their loved one understand their rights and options, even in cases where a motorist flees the scene. Victims and their loved ones should explore their rights when it comes to filing a personal injury action or wrongful death suit.