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Pedestrian May Be at Fault in Crosswalk Accident in Portland

Date:  January 3, 2012
Location:  Intersection North Benton Ave. & North Broadway, Portland
Names:  Dan Hart, Ahmed Ahmed

A pedestrian was struck and injured by a taxi driver Tuesday evening, but police say the man who was hit may have been crossing the road against a red light. The accident happened at the intersection of North Benton Ave. and North Broadway.

The Oregonian reports that Dan Hart was in a southbound crosswalk just after 6 p.m., when a westbound cab being driven by Ahmed Ahmed, 43, of Vancouver, struck Hart, throwing him up onto the hood and against the windshield.  Emergency responders said Hart had suffered injuries to his leg, and transported him by ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.

Portland Police Lieutenant Robert King said Ahmed has not been cited, as witnesses suggested Hart was crossing the road against a red light. Investigations are ongoing.

We would like to wish Dan Hart a full and speedy recovery from his injuries after this frightening ordeal.

If a pedestrian is hit in a crosswalk, it is generally considered the driver’s fault. However, just like everything in the law, there are exceptions. If the pedestrian was drunk and wearing dark clothes and it was dark, the driver can sometimes escape prosecution. Or if a pedestrian darts out unexpectedly into an intersection, the law may take the driver’s side too. But in most cases, the law will consider it to be the driver’s fault, and the pedestrian or the pedestrian’s family will be able to get legal compensation. All cases are different, of course, so contact a knowledgeable lawyer if you have any questions about your case.

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