Most crossing guard officers understand there is some risk, however small, of being hit when they are on the job. But they probably do not expect to be involved in a pedestrian-auto accident where they are hit by two cars and thrown in the air.
This recently happened to a crossing guard officer near a school near Atlanta. The officer was on duty when he was struck by a car and then thrown into the air, landing in the road. The driver who hit him then crashed into another vehicle, which was making a left-hand turn. The second vehicle also ran into the officer. The officer was wearing a reflective traffic vest at the time and he was also using a flashlight when he was hit. Charges are pending against the first driver, a 22-year-old man.
Whenever a car strikes a pedestrian, it is no surprise that the pedestrian’s injuries can be extensive. It can also be difficult to get the driver’s information if they do not stop at the scene of the accident. First and foremost, an accident victim should seek medical help, it is also important to collect and record any information regarding the accident. The type of information includes the make and model of the car, where the accident occurred, and when it occurred. Furthermore, if the driver does stop, then just like in a two-vehicle crash, it is always critical to get the driver’s name, contact information and insurance details.
Recovering from a pedestrian-motor vehicle accident can be a long process, not just for the victim, but also for the family of the victim. The crossing guard officer may want to consider talking to an attorney if there are extensive medical bills involved. If the 22-year-old driver is liable for the accident, the officer may recover money to pays for these expenses.
Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution, “Gwinnett officer recovering from broken pelvis and jaw after being hit by vehicle,” Mike Morris, Feb. 13, 2013