On Saturday, 13-month-old Dillan Harris was being pushed in a stroller with his family when he was hit and killed by a vehicle. The accident occurred in Chicago and is connected to the epidemic of the city’s gang violence. The child was struck as the driver of the vehicle was attempting to flee from a drive-by shooting that took the life of a 22-year-old male. The driver of the car drove over a curb after losing control of the vehicle. Harris was transported to the hospital via ambulance where he died from his injuries. Police are investigating the accident and are seeking information regarding the suspect.
Pedestrian accidents claimed the lives of 4,743 individuals in 2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The statistics average a pedestrian getting killed every two hours, and one is injured every seven minutes. The CDC encourages pedestrians to engage in every safety precaution possible to prevent an accident such as walking on a sidewalk, wearing reflective clothing, and walking in well-lit areas. However, following all of the safety precautions may still not prevent a collision with a vehicle due to the driver causing the crash.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you have the right to explore all options to hold the at-fault driver responsible and to recover financial compensation. Contacting an experienced St. Louis pedestrian accident attorney is important to receive a full investigation into the accident and to recover the maximum compensation. The personal injury attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth have the knowledge and expertise required to effectively handle your case. Contact us today for a free no-obligation consultation.