Boston police are searching for a suspect after a fatal hit-and-run accident in Dorchester this week.
In a statement to media, police said that a man was struck by a green, four-door Toyota along Dorchester Avenue Tuesday night. Anyone with any information about the accident is urged to call Boston Police.
This is the second pedestrian accident to occur in Boston over the course of one week. On Sunday, three Brandeis University students were struck by a car on South Street in Waltham, MA. The students were all taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, and were listed in stable condition.
According to police, the students were walking in a crosswalk at the time of the incident. The driver involved in the crash did however remain at the scene until police and emergency responders arrived.
Each year more than 4,000 pedestrians are killed according to the National Highway Traffic Administration. In fact, pedestrian accidents represent 3% of all fatal auto-related incidents in the United States. Most hit-and-run accidents occur in urban areas where there is a high volume of both automobile and pedestrian traffic. 73% of all pedestrian accidents occur in city settings, and typically these types of accidents occur during nighttime hours. Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding and reckless driving, and distracted driving by motor vehicle operators are the most common factors that cause pedestrian accidents. About 20% of drivers involved in pedestrian accidents flee the scene according to the NHTSA.
Victims of these types of incidents may wonder who is responsible for paying medical bills, lost wages, or any costs related to their injury. Enlisting the assistance of an experienced personal injury lawyer is most advised when these types of incidents occur.
At the law offices of Altman & Altman, our seasoned Pedestrian Accident attorneys have nearly 50 years of experience handling these types of cases and assisting clients in receiving the compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident, call one of our attorneys today for a free initial consultation. Our lawyers are available around the clock to answer any questions about your case, and all consultations are free and confidential.