Jaywalking occurs when a pedestrian walks outside of the designated crosswalk. When a pedestrian causes an accident in the process of jaywalking or a similar act, police can find that person at fault for the accident. A 13-year-old boy from Port Washington is facing the consequences of such a pedestrian accident, as police say he was at fault for the incident.
This particular auto accident took place on a major avenue in the eastern Wisconsin community. Authorities say a 21-year-old driver was traveling west on the road and was momentarily stopped behind a car that was attempting to parallel park. As the driver attempted to pull around the parking car, officials say, the boy began to run across the street in front of both vehicles. The boy reportedly collided with the passing car and was knocked to the ground.
Authorities say the driver of the car pulled to the side of the road, called in the accident to 911 and then went to check on the boy.
According to police, the boy was not able to recount the events leading up to the accident at first. The boy's parents later told police that their son was crossing the street to use the bathroom facilities at a gas station.
The driver submitted to a breath test, which showed he had zero alcohol in his system, according to the police. The boy suffered injuries to his head, but a CAT scan did not reveal further issues. The boy was said to be at fault, but no citation was issued.
If blame is assigned to a minor in any accident, the family of any minor involved must take the necessary steps to ensure that the child's rights are protected during any legal proceedings that follow. This includes seeking the necessary resources to help the case proceed in the best interests of the minor.
On another note, it may be important for readers to know that while the child in this case was found to be at fault, he and his family might still be able to recover compensation for the injuries he suffered. It would depend on the circumstances, but the argument might be made under the concept of comparative liability. An attorney would be the person to consult about the possibilities.
Source: Port Washington-Saukville Patch, "Pedestrian at fault for person-vehicle accident in Port," Lyssa Beyer, Jan. 4, 2013