2 men suffer head injuries in pedestrian accident

On behalf of: admin | Posted in: Pedestrian Accidents on: Friday, May 15, 2015

Two men required hospital treatment for serious head injuries after a pedestrian versus car accident in Burlington. One of the injured men required air transport to the hospital. A third woman was also struck by the vehicle, but she escaped with minor injuries.

All three of the pedestrians were road workers employed by the City of Burlington. The seriously injured men are 19 and 22 years of age and the woman is 34 years of age.

According to Halton Regional Police, a Nissan Pathfinder sport utility vehicle struck the three workers at approximately 9:30 a.m. on May 14. The sport utility vehicle was traveling northbound along Walker’s Line when the driver lost control, drove up onto the curb of the center median, and struck the three workers who were completing gardening work on the median.

The impact was so severe that one of the workers was found 10 to 20 feet away from the crash site. Both of the men suffered head injuries described as life-threatening. Fortunately, at the scene of the crash, they were both breathing and conscious. As of last reports, the men were stabilized but in critical condition. The woman had already been released from the hospital.

The 51-year-old sport utility driver was transported to the hospital, where he was treated for possible shock. He has since been released.

Police have yet to determine why this accident may have occurred, but they believe that the driver of the sport utility vehicle may have suffered from a medical episode. They have already determined the cellphone use and alcohol are not factors in the crash.

This crash is clearly a tragedy for all parties involved, but especially for the two men who suffered serious head injuries. It will be vital for the medical professionals charged with the men’s care to monitor them for any signs of permanent brain damage to ensure that they receive the best medical treatment possible. This kind of information could also play an important role in any personal injury claims that may arise out of the pedestrian accident. Incidents like these — when Canadian workers are injured on the job — may also give rise to workers’ compensation claims.

Source: insidehalton.com, "Two seriously hurt after vehicle hits three City of Burlington employees," Tim Whitnell, May. 14, 2015

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