Alabama Auto-Pedestrian Injury News: Mobile High School Student Seriously Hurt by Pickup Truck Driver
Pedestrians all across Alabama are hurt or killed as a result of a negligent drivers more often than you may imagine. As a Birmingham personal injury attorney, I know all too well the kind of bodily injures a passenger car, pickup truck or commercial delivery vehicle can inflict on person walking along a rural route or crossing a city street. I don’t need to remind anyone that it is every driver’s responsibility to be aware of persons on foot in or near our public roadways.
In the countryside, as well as in our cities, there are more than enough opportunities for pedestrians to sustain injuries, many of them life-threatening, due to an automobile collision. Auto-pedestrian accidents typically result in the pedestrian being severely hurt, left unconscious or even permanently disabled as a result. The aftermath of a car-pedestrian collision usually entails cuts and bruises at best, with broken bones, concussions and possible traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries being commonplace.
Recently, a 17-year-old student from Baker High School was hit by the driver of a pickup truck near a construction zone in West Mobile, AL. The traffic accident took place in the morning hours while the young man was crossing Airport Boulevard apparently on his way to school. According to police, Alfred Leonard was in critical condition following the accident that happened just before 7:30am. Emergency personnel responding to the crash treated the student who was subsequently transported to the University of South Alabama Medical Center.
Based on news reports, the boy was still unconscious when he was admitted to the medical facility’s intensive care unit (ICU). A spokesman from the Alabama Department of Public Safety stated that Leonard suffered a lacerated liver, broken femur and a possibly serious head injury.
As much as we may want to trust that drivers will be watching out for persons on foot, my warning to anyone who walks on or near public thoroughfares is be very careful and never assume that motorists will see you, even in the middle of the day. As pedestrians we must be highly vigilant and aware of oncoming traffic. Even if you cross in a designated crosswalk, be sure that all traffic is stopped and it is safe to proceed. Being a personal injury lawyer and parent myself, I say this goes doubly for children walking to or from school.
Baker HS Student Struck By Truck, WKRG.com, February 4, 2010