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Young boy struck and injured by driver in Des Moines

Drivers in Iowa understand that there are many dangers and risks on the roadway, especially in areas where pedestrians frequent. Now that the school year is well underway, drivers should be well aware of students walking around school zones. Drivers should constantly be over cautious in these areas because young students frequently travel by foot around and in these zones. Failing to reduce speeds and yield in these areas could result in an accident. A car accident could lead to serious or even fatal injuries.

Authorities in Des Moines were recently dispatched to the scene of a pedestrian accident. Preliminary repots indicated that an oncoming vehicle struck a 12-year-old boy from a nearby middle school while he was crossing the road. Officers indicated that the young boy was running across Cambridge Street when a car traveling north on the roadway collided with the boy.

The impact of the collision caused the boy to travel forward and bounce off of a second vehicle that was parked nearby. Emergency crews responded to the car crash and assessed the young boy. He was transported to the hospital for the minor injuries he suffered. No other injuries were reported in the crash.

Investigation is still ongoing and no charges have been filed at this time. Once completed, investigators will be able to determine cause and assign liability. Depending on the situation, the pedestrian might have contributed to the accident. If a pedestrian is not in a crosswalk or suddenly crosses the street in front of an oncoming vehicle, the pedestrian could be partially liable.

Even in cases on contributory negligence, an injured victim could still collect compensation through a civil action. A personal injury claim could result in a monetary award to cover medical bills, rehabilitation and other related damages.

Victims should understand their rights following a car accident. This often means conducting independent investigation to prove negligence of another party. Those seeking to file a civil action should gain advice about their rights so they can protect their interests in the situation.

Source: WHO-TV, "Child Suffers Minor Injuries After Being Struck by Car," Sept. 22, 2014

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