Festivities quickly turned from fun to frantic at a community barbecue festival in Ayden, N.C. this past weekend when a police officer and elderly woman were both struck by a car.
The accident took place at the Ayden BBQ Cook-Off and Festival, which was being held along South West Avenue in the downtown area. The accident occurred in the concert area of the event.
According to the Ayden Chief of Police, the officer was walking with the elderly woman and her husband across Third Street when a vehicle, which had slowed down, suddenly sped up and struck the officer and the woman.
The officer received injuries to his leg, but did not require medical attention. The woman, reported to be in her eighties, was transported to Vidant Medical Center and underwent surgery for her injuries. No information regarding the extent of those injuries or her condition has been released at this time.
The driver of the vehicle has been charged with failing to reduce speed and failing to possess an operator’s license.
Our North Carolina injury firm recently reported on the alarming increase in the number of pedestrian fatalities that take place every year. Although there are steps pedestrians can take in order to stay safe while they are walking, this accident is a perfect example of how people are at risk from a non-attentive or speeding driver. This elderly victim was being escorted by a police officer across the street and still was struck by a car.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact a skilled North Carolina personal injury attorney today to discuss what legal recourse you may have against the driver who caused your injuries.
Our Carolina pedestrian accident attorneys have successfully represented many clients who have been injured by a negligent driver. Our firm also offers a free car accident guide for victims of vehicle or pedestrian accidents. The guide covers topics such as what damages can be claimed and how much your claim may be worth, how and why most claims are settled, and what attorneys’ duties are to their clients.