When you're a pedestrian, you expect drivers to be aware of you. They should drive in accordance with the law, and they should be paying attention to the road. Failing to do these things can lead to accidents and injuries that can involve tremendous suffering.
In a case reported on March 28, a woman was struck by a car and killed in Shelburne, New Hampshire. The New Hampshire State Police reported that she was on a walk on Easter Sunday when a 36-year-old woman backed out of her driveway into the woman. The 65-year-old woman was badly injured and had to be rushed to the hospital.
Later in the day, the woman passed away. So far, the police have said that the 36-year-old woman didn't appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. She stated that she was backing out of her driveway onto a busy road when the collision took place. She reportedly apologized to the family, but an investigation is still ongoing.
In situations like this, simple errors in judgment can lead to life-changing collisions. This woman's family now has to deal with her death, while the young woman has to live with the fact that her driving resulted in a fatal injury. If you're involved in a situation like this, know that you can still make a claim against the driver to help you cover the costs involved for a loved one's funeral or medical expenses; even accidental injuries need to be covered by the person, or entities, found to be at fault.
Source: WGME, "Shelburne, NH woman hit and killed by car," Marissa Bodnar, March 28, 2016