A car accident can always potentially cause serious injuries. However, pedestrian accidents present an even more serious threat to those involved. Recently, a car accident in Ohio pinned a pedestrian up against a pole causing serious injuries, and that individual’s medical condition still remains unknown.
The accident occurred shortly after 11 a.m. in Wickliffe. The driver of a four-door sedan approached the pedestrian in front of a fresh market. It is unclear whether the driver was attempting to leave the market or driving along the road when the crash occurred. Additionally, it is unknown whether the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash.
Nevertheless, the car crashed into the pedestrian, pinning the pedestrian up against a pole. Emergency responders, including police officers and firefighters, had to lift the vehicle off of the pedestrian in order to remove the individual from the scene and get that person to the hospital. Unfortunately, the emergency airlift service could not be used due to the weather, so the pedestrian had to be transported by ambulance. While the driver of the sedan was not injured, the pedestrian suffered unspecified serious injuries and remains hospitalized.
The authorities continue to investigate the accident, but no criminal charges have yet been filed against the driver. Even if there are no criminal charges, victims of pedestrian accidents in Ohio can still file civil suits if they so choose. Pedestrians who choose to pursue personal injury compensation can attempt to claim damages for pain and suffering, while attempting to be awarded compensation for medical bills and lost wages.
Source: cleveland.com, “Pedestrian pinned between car and pole in Wickliffe crash“, Ryllie Danylko, Jan. 20, 2015