As we discussed in our last post, accidents between cars and pedestrians have a high potential to be fatal. Even at slow speeds, a car has enough force and weight to kill a walker, runner or bicyclist. Those who aren't killed in such accidents often face a long, painful recovery. And as another recent accident demonstrates, this recovery doesn't come cheap.
A woman who was nearly killed in a pedestrian accident with a pickup truck is showing good signs of progress, according to her family. The accident, which killed her mother-in-law, happened Sept. 8 in Walnut Creek, California. The two women were walking with their husbands on a sidewalk when a pickup truck left the road and crashed into them. The woman who survived was rushed to a hospital with severe brain trauma, a weak left side and torn ligaments in her knee, among other injuries.
Although doctors feared she would suffer permanent brain damage, her brain has strengthened considerably. She is alert, remembers the accident and has begun the long process of physical rehabilitation. Recently doctors put a valve on her breathing tube that allows her to speak; family and friends say they are overjoyed to hear her voice again. She's also begun to take her first steps with the help of a walker. A woman who rushed to the woman's aid just after the accident compared the woman's recovery to a rag doll coming to life.
Unfortunately, the news isn't all good. The accident killed the 52-year-old mother of the woman's husband, and the family continues to mourn her death. They're also struggling to afford the hospital bills and other medical expenses that have begun to pile up since the accident. The woman's brother in law recently set up a donation fund to help the family cover the $1 million accrued so far.
As for the driver who caused the accident, he was initially arrested on charges of vehicular manslaughter and the investigation against him continues. It's possible that the family will file a wrongful death or personal injury lawsuit in hopes of recouping some of their costs. When an accident of this magnitude does so much damage, it's more than reasonable for victims to pursue monetary compensation.
Source: Mercury News, "Walnut Creek crash victim making 'remarkable' progress," David DeBolt, Oct. 12, 2012
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