A young child was hit by a car on Aug. 21 in North Branch. The North Branch Police Department is in charge of the investigation. According to subsequent reports, the boy was walking along Fill Avenue with his father at around 8:00 p.m. As they neared the intersection with 375th Street, a nearby 46-year-old driver lost control of her car. The vehicle then veered across the street and struck the boy.
When local EMS units arrived, the child was unresponsive. As a result of his pedestrian injuries, he was flown to Regions Hospital in St. Paul where his condition was critical. The North Branch Police Department received assistance from Lakes Region EMS, North Branch Fire, the Minnesota State Patrol Accident Reconstruction Team and Chisago County Sheriff's Department.
Pedestrian accidents are more common than many people realize. Even though there are traffic laws designed to protect pedestrians, some drivers simply do not give them the same regard as other drivers or engage in negligent behavior. Several things may contribute to accidents involving pedestrians, from weather-related accidents that occur due to poor visibility and slippery roads to distracted drivers who are not paying enough attention to their surroundings.
An accident such as this one can result in serious, costly injuries. Broken bones that may require surgery are common after being hit by a car. One of the costliest types of injuries that may be sustained after being hit by a car is a brain injury. No matter the extent of harm, it is important for the parents of a child hit by a car to realize that recovery may be a long process. Learning about possible legal remedies may be helpful.
Source: HometownSource.com, "Boy pedestrian, 11, struck by vehicle in North Branch", August 22, 2014