Who Is Responsible When a Bus Collides with a Pedestrian?
When a vehicle hits a bicyclist or a pedestrian, the injuries can be devastating. Broken bones, spinal cord injuries and death are just a few of the many results of such a collision. Unfortunately, we see these crashes occur far too often, and now, one Durham community must deal with the loss a tragedy like this causes.
A GoDurham Bus Collides with a Pedestrian, How Did It Happen?
On the night of July 3rd, a 46-year-old man was crossing the street at the intersection of Enterprise Street and South Roxboro Street. However, before he could make it across, a GoDurham bus struck him. The bus had stopped on Roxboro to pick up passengers. Once underway it took a left-hand turn at Enterprise where it then collided with the pedestrian.
The 46-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the bus and a single male passenger were not harmed. However, days after the crash, Durham police charged the bus driver with misdemeanor death by vehicle. It is still unclear whether the 46-year-old was using the crosswalk or not.
Who Is Responsible In a Pedestrian Vs. Vehicle Crash?
Here in North Carolina, pedestrians are not allowed on the roads except in areas that are marked for pedestrians—this includes crosswalks. If a pedestrian is struck outside of one of these designated areas, they could be found to have contributed to the accident. This could mean that the victim cannot recover on a personal injury claim against the person who struck them.
On the other hand, there could be many options left to victims if they were struck while walking in one of these areas or if the victim was a young child. That’s why consulting an experienced pedestrian accident attorney is the best option for anyone who falls victim to one of these horrible collisions.