Car accidents can come in many different types and varieties including truck accidents, drunk driving accidents, and distracted driving accidents. A particularly devastating type of collision, however, is a pedestrian accident. This involves situations in which a motor vehicle collides with a pedestrian usually resulting in devastating injuries or even fatalities in some severe situations. If you or a loved one was harmed as the result of a careless driver’s actions while walking as a pedestrian in a crosswalk, sidewalk, or another area, contact our Boston pedestrian accident lawyers as soon as possible to start learning about your potential right to recovery.
In a recent case, the Massachusetts Court of Appeal considered a plaintiff’s appeal from a lower court’s decision to grant summary judgment in favor of defendants in a pedestrian accident where an 11-year-old boy was killed. The decedent was walking from a park when he attempted to cross a street to get to a local fast food restaurant. He was hit and killed by a car driven by a man who was then charged with criminal counts related to the death.
The decedent’s parents brought an action against a group of defendants who had contracted with the city to provide architectural services and to oversee the construction of a new school opposite from the park. The plans featured walkways leading to the street. The defendants retained a company to conduct a traffic analysis for the project. The plaintiffs alleged wrongful death, negligence, and negligent infliction of emotional distress. The lower court granted the defendants’ motion for summary judgment finding that the defendants were not liable for the decedent’s death.