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Pedestrian struck and injured by minivan in Cedar Rapids

No matter what time of day a driver is traveling, they should always be aware of their surroundings. That does not only mean being aware of the conditions of the roadways and other vehicles on the road but also those traveling on or near the roadways not in motorized vehicles. An oncoming vehicle could easily strike cyclists and pedestrians. When a driver is not properly paying attention, they are not upholding the necessary standard of care. A negligent driver could be liable for the injuries and damages they cause in a car accident.

Officials in Cedar Rapids were recently called to a pedestrian accident that resulted in a 15-year-old boy being struck by a minivan. The accident happened during the afternoon hours when the minivan was making a left turn.

Emergency crews responded and assessed the teen boy. He was unconscious when they found him and they stated that he was in serious condition when they transported him to the hospital. Investigation is still ongoing, but the 44-year-old driver of the minivan was charged with driving with a suspended license. Additional charges are possible.

Following a pedestrian accident, it is important that a full and proper investigation is conducted. This will help determine cause and liability. A negligent driver could face criminal and civil liabilities. A personal injury claim could be filed and compensation could be awarded to the injured victim. This could help cover medical expenses and other damages.

A pedestrian accident is often serious and even fatal. A person cannot stand up to the size and impact of a vehicle; these large machines could leave a person with many severe injuries. It is important that they receive medical care for their current and future medical issues related to the crash. This could leave the injured party with numerous bills. Understanding whether they have a cause of action and what steps they need to take could help them alleviate any financial hardships.

Source: KSFY, "Teen injured in Cedar Rapids car crash," May 9, 2014

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