Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) July 16, 2012 – Car accidents happen for a number of reasons. In this case, the at-fault driver, attempted to blame the solar eclipse.
“I’ve heard a lot of reasons for car accidents, but this one, that I was not involved with, was unique, not to mention original,” commented Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas. “It seems the at-fault driver insisted she could not see where she was going, due to the glare of the eclipse.”
It appears the 26-year-old driver was heading toward an intersection in San Francisco, when she ran into two pedestrians, in a crosswalk. Both the 40-year-old woman and her 10-year-old daughter were crossing legally at the time of the accident. The mother was fortunate enough to only sustain minor injuries. The daughter, sustained a broken arm, and was taken to hospital for emergency care.
The female driver told the police officers at the scene of the accident, that she had been blinded by the sun, at the conclusion of the solar eclipse. It was just shortly after 7:00 p.m. when the woman hit both pedestrians, and the driver maintained that because the sun was so bright, she could not see if there was anyone in the crosswalk.
“Eyewitness reports indicated she evidently slowed down for the crosswalk, which indicated she saw the crosswalk signs and lines, but was apparently occupied, doing something else while she was attempting to drive. It appeared to onlookers that the woman was taking pictures of the eclipse; possibly Instagram pictures with an iPhone, to share with others,” Smith added.
It is fortunate that both victims survived this accident, and that the 10-year-old girl was not hurt worse than she was. As it is, a broken arm is serious enough for a small child, and the bills for the medical care would be quite hefty. Would there be a personal injury lawsuit as a result of this accident, seeking compensation for medical costs?
“Likely, yes. The Audi driver was obviously not paying attention to where she was going, or paying attention to what she was doing. This is the element of negligence involved in this case, and she needs to be responsible for her careless driving harming someone,” indicated Smith.
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