According to a recent article from WTHR 13, a woman in a motorized wheelchair died this month when she was struck by a car and killed while crossing the street. As with many accidents though, the details of the situation leading up to it weren’t exactly simple. The woman reportedly wasn’t crossing at the intersection, but rather from one business driveway to another in the middle of the block as she made her daily trip to the library.
However, another wheelchair-bound resident in the area reported that, in spite of new wheelchair ramps at the intersection that make it easier to cross there, there are no sidewalks on that side of the road, making wheelchair access difficult. The resident of the neighborhood also said that drivers in the area tended to drive too fast and not pay attention.
Who is at fault in a case like this?
Is the driver at fault for not seeing the woman as she crossed the road in the middle of the block? Does the victim bear some fault for not crossing at the crosswalk? Does the city bear liability for not providing safe wheelchair access? It all depends on what information the investigations yield, both the police investigation and the investigation by the attorneys.
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If you’ve lost a loved one due to any type of accident, automobile or otherwise, the Indianapolis wrongful death lawyers at the Ken Nunn Law Office would like to talk to you. We are committed to investigating the cases we take in order to explore all of possible causes and to ensure that those found liable are held responsible. For more information, contact us.