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Iowa pedestrian hit by car while crossing the street

Crossing the street should not be a life-and-death situation. Pedestrians can be found all over Des Moines, especially during the summer, and it is up to motorists to keep an eye out for them and share the road responsibly. This can often mean yielding to pedestrians in the roadway. 

Even it a pedestrian is crossing the street outside of a crosswalk, a driver should know that they must slow down and take action to avoid hitting the person in the street. If they do not take this consideration, they can end up causing a catastrophic pedestrian accident. A recent accident in Iowa shows just how serious the consequences can be when a car and pedestrian collide. 

It was shortly after the sun set on a Saturday evening when a 37-year-old man was walking south along a road. He went to cross the street when he was hit by a 21-year-old driver who failed to avoid hitting the pedestrian. The victim suffered serious injuries in the crash, including head injuries, and was brought to the hospital for emergency medical attention. He remains there while authorities investigate the accident.

In accidents similar to this one, involving a young driver who is out at night on the weekends, authorities discover that the driver may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time, or may have gotten distracted behind the wheel. In these cases, a driver's negligence has been shown to have been a contributing factor in the victim's injuries, which can often be quite serious.

Unfortunately, pedestrians are not well protected in a crash between them and a motor vehicle. Because of this, many pedestrians suffer catastrophic injuries that can take years or longer to recover from. In this case, the man suffered trauma to his head which could have resulted in extensive brain injuries. If that is the case here, his recovery could prove to be a very long, difficult and expensive process. 

Source: Quad-City Times, "Bettendorf pedestrian injured in accident," Linda Cook, July 21, 2013

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