78 Year-Old Pedestrian Hit by Car

When walking along a busy street, pedestrians need to be alert and cautious.  Even when a pedestrian has the right of way, it is always better to be safe than sorry, and look all ways before crossing the street.  Unfortunately for one Huntsville pedestrian, he had the right of way, but was hit by a car this morning.

Wayne Smith, 78,  was walking this morning on the sidewalk crossing Ledges Drive with the green pedestrian light when a motorist hit him with his car.  According to Dr. Harry Hobbs, spokesman for Huntsville police, James Spaulding, 66, drove his Mercedes Benz into the intersection and did not see Smith.

Smith was taken to the Huntsville Hospital and is in serious condition with shoulder and head injuries.  According to Don Webster, chief operating officer, Smith’s injuries are not life threatening.

Smith is a long-time member and volunteer of the Huntsville Track Club.  He announces many races for the club, including the Cotton Row Run, which takes place each Memorial Day.  In May 2011, Smith was featured in an article in the Huntsville Times, which discussed his health problems that stemmed from heart disease.  Even though Smith has been running most of his life and walks seven miles a day, he almost died at the end of January 2011 because of heart disease. 

In Alabama, between 2000 and 2009, almost 700 people lost their lives in pedestrian accidents.  When hit by a motor vehicle, a pedestrian can suffer serious, if not life-threatening injuries.  If you or a family member has been injured in a pedestrian/automobile accident, it is important to talk with an experienced Alabama personal injury lawyer.  An experienced pedestrian accident lawyer, can aggressively seek the compensation you deserve.