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Fatal pedestrian car collision in West Virginia shopping center

During the summer months, West Virginia residents frequent the sidewalks, crosswalks and shopping centers. With the increasing number of pedestrians in areas where cars are driven, the number of pedestrian-vehicle collisions rise. Serious injuries and fatalities could result in these pedestrian accidents, most likely causing harm to the pedestrian versus the driver of the vehicle.

Recently an elderly woman was exiting a salon in a shopping center when she was struck by a truck in the parking lot. The woman suffered a brain injury from the crash, which ultimately led to her death in the hospital four days after the incident. No injuries to the driver of the truck were reported, and the specifics of the cause of the accident remain under investigation. Whether the driver was operating with an expired license and whether a cellphone was in use at the time of the accident is still being questioned.

The injuries endured and lives lost in an accident can cause much pain for those injured and family members of the injured or deceased. A long list of costs can result from a car accident that causes serious injuries or fatalities. The medical bills, funeral costs, lost wages and pain and suffering could be compensated with a personal injury or wrongful death suit.

With summer coming to a close and back to school sales surging, shopping centers are experiencing a rise in both vehicles in the parking lots and pedestrians walking the area. Both drivers and pedestrians should be aware of the surroundings and proceed through the parking lots with extreme caution. It is also important that both vehicles and pedestrians follow posted streets signs and traffic lights and only cross at cross walks.

Source: Herald-dispatch, "Investigation of fatal accident ongoing," Curtis Johnson, Aug. 24, 2012

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