A pedestrian was injured in a Portland car accident the morning of November 6, 2009 at the same city intersection where 23-year-old Lindsay Leonard was killed and 29-year-old Jessica Finlay was critically injured just days earlier. According to a news report in The Oregonian, the recent pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of Southeast 80th Avenue and Foster Road. The condition of the injured victim is not available, but based on the news report, the victim was taken to the hospital “code 3,” which means that the ambulance used both lights and sirens. Finlay still remains in critical condition, the report states.
My heart goes out to this injured pedestrian. I hope the victim did not suffer catastrophic injuries and wish him/her the very best for a quick and complete recovery. Please keep this injured pedestrian in your prayers.
Portland Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to the Oregon Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) crash statistics, 11 fatalities and 154 injuries were reported in Portland as a result of pedestrian accidents in 2007. During the same period in Portland, car accidents claimed 34 lives and caused 5,087 injuries.
This news report does not offer much information about how or why this pedestrian was hit. Based on the information that this victim was hit at the same intersection, it seems to me that he or she was in a crosswalk, just as Lindsay Leonard and Jessica Finlay were. The question that’s in my mind is: Why are vehicles not able to see pedestrians in this crosswalk? Are there any visual obstacles at this location that prevents motorists from spotting pedestrians in the crosswalk? Is this intersection well-lit? Are there any other dangerous conditions on this roadway or intersection, which may have caused these tragic incidents?
Dangerous Condition at the Intersection
Neighbors tell the newspaper that the intersection is a dangerous one and needs more lighting and traffic control. According to the Portland Bureau of Transportation, between 1998 and 2007, there were six collisions involving pedestrians and one fatality at that intersection. The city constructed a pedestrian island there after 13-year old Yves Ndemeye was struck and killed there in 2004.
If there is in fact, a dangerous condition on this roadway, then the city of Portland could be held liable for the injuries that occur at that location. In this particular pedestrian accident, I trust officials are also looking into whether there was negligence on the part of the motorist. If that was the case, the driver could also be held responsible for the pedestrian’s injuries. In such cases, victims and/or their families would be well-advised to consult an experienced Portland personal injury lawyer, who will ensure that their rights are protected and that they are compensated for damages, medical expenses, loss of earning and other accident-related expenses.
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