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Accident in North Carolina injures crossing guard

On Oct. 16, a pedestrian accident in Garner involving two vehicles sent two people to the hospital, according to authorities. The incident reportedly occurred at approximately 4 p.m. near a Garner elementary school.

A 26-year-old man was traveling on Timber Drive in a GMC Safari when he struck a Volkswagen Jetta near the Harth Drive intersection, according to authorities. On account of the crash, the Jetta lurched forward and struck a 53-year-old woman who was serving as a crossing guard. After traveling a short distance with the crossing guard on its hood, the Jetta came to a halt, throwing the woman from the car onto the pavement.

Emergency personnel took the 53-year-old crossing guard to a hospital for treatment of accident-related injuries. Officials listed her in good condition, reportedly. The driver of the Jetta, a 62-year-old woman, suffered injuries warranting hospitalization as well. Officials stated that her injuries were not serious.

It was not clear immediately following the incident whether the 26-year-old driver of the Safari suffered injuries. Police charged the man with failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision.

Pedestrians involved in car accidents often suffer serious injuries, such as broken bones, damage to the spinal column or brain trauma. As a result, many accident victims are burdened with lengthy hospital stays, multiple operations and exasperating medical bills. These ramifications may be especially tough on victims who are gainfully employed at the time of the accident.

However, victims in pedestrian crashes may seek recourse for these financial burdens through civil action. By retaining a personal injury lawyer and filing suit, victims may seek restitution for the pecuniary damages they suffered in connection with the accident.

Source: WRAL.com, "Crossing guard hit by car in Garner", October 17, 2014

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