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Columbia pedestrian injured after being hit by car

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a 31-year-old Columbia man was hit by a vehicle as he tried to cross the road late last month just east of Route N. The man sustained injuries and had to be transported to Boone Hospital Center, where he was listed in serious condition. He was later transferred to University Hospital. It is not known if the 45-year-old driver of the vehicle was injured or if he was charged with any traffic violations related to the car accident.

Accidents such as this one can be confusing when one is trying to assess who was at fault. It is possible for an accident such as this to occur when a pedestrian takes a risk by crossing a busy road. It is also possible that distracted driving or some other reason on the part of the vehicle operator caused the crash. Dangerous road conditions are also a possibility, and sometimes a combination of circumstances together explain what happened.

While the causal factors of this incident are still murky, what is known is that one man suffered serious personal injuries. When people are hurt or killed because of the actions of others, those victims may be entitled to monetary damages to compensate them for their injuries as well as for pain and suffering. A consultation with a Columbia-area personal injury attorney may be beneficial. The lawyer can assess the facts and circumstances surrounding the accident, offer objective advice as to the appropriate legal relief and press claims against negligent parties in an attempt to hold them responsible for their actions.

Source: The Columbia Missourian, "Columbia man in serious condition after being struck by vehicle," James Ayello, Oct. 30, 2011

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