The Stroller was hit by a Semi
This is a catastrophic semi-truck-pedestrian accident that no one will ever forget, not when it involves the death of a 2 ½ year old toddler. A 35 year-old mother was out with her jogging stroller and her son when the stroller was hit by a semi. The weather was good, it was early in the morning and the roads were apparently in good condition as well.
It appears that the semi turned a corner and hit the stroller. Eyewitness reports differ on whether the stroller rolled out into the street or was hit while the trucker was executing a turn. Unfortunately, the stroller rolled right under the truck; the tragic result is obvious. The mother was taken to hospital for treatment of her serious injuries.
As yet, there are many unanswered questions in this case: What was the driver doing as he negotiated the turn? Could he not see the pedestrians? Was his windshield clean and side view mirrors working properly? Was he distracted, going too fast, under the influence, over tired or just plain careless? On the other side, did the stroller roll out into the street? Was the mother distracted? Using a cell phone? Did she let go of the stroller, momentarily? Liability will have to be proportioned in this tragic case.
Clearly, a pedestrian or stroller are no match for a semi. This case will result in litigation and these issues will be sorted out. There will be enormous medical and hospital bills, funderal expenses, rehabilitation, treatment (physical and emotional) and medication for the mother; regular bills do not stop either, just because she’s been in an accident. Mortgage payments, car payments and other household bills must be paid. Life goes on, it doesn’t stop for a serious accident. Victims can’t call "time out".
In situations like this, the at-fault party will be required, after contentious litigation, to compensate the non-at-fault party. Lawsuit funding is a service that bridges the financial gap between accident and case resolution. It can often make a huge difference in the bottom line of a case. Non-recourse lawsuit funding (funding contingent upon case outcome) should always be considered before deciding to settle a case for less than your lawyer thinks it’s worth.
Attorney, certified civil mediator, and award-winning author of the Zachary Blake Betrayal Series—Mark Bello is also the CEO of Lawsuit Financial and the country’s leading expert in providing non-recourse lawsuit funding to plaintiffs involved in pending litigation. He is also a member of the State Bar of Michigan, a sustaining member of the Michigan Association for Justice, and a member of the American Association for Justice.