Adrian, Michigan – On the morning of February 7, 2022, Gregory Adams, 48, went out for a morning run. While jogging along the Howell highway in Adrian, Lenawee County, Michigan, Mr. Adams was struck by a vehicle. Mr. Adams was an experienced runner and had a headlamp on when he was hit.
The local police and fire department reported to the scene where Adams was transported to the Toledo Hospital. Although Adams survived the initial accident, he ultimately succumbed to his injuries at the hospital, and tragically passed away on February 13th.
Unfortunately, pedestrian v. car accidents are not uncommon and almost always result in catastrophic injury or death of the pedestrian. Most pedestrian accidents occur because drivers are distracted, not paying proper attention, or are violating traffic laws. The most common causes of driver negligence include:
- Texting or talking on their cell phones
- Failing to drive safely in poor weather conditions
- Speeding in high pedestrian traffic areas
- Running red lights
- Failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks
- Pulling out of drives or making turns without paying attention to people on sidewalks
- Disobeying traffic signs and road markings
In both Michigan and Ohio, there are certain laws that are designed to protect pedestrians and their right-of-way. Given the danger motor vehicles pose, it is important for pedestrians to always be cautious and never expect that a motorist will yield the right-of-way or see them.
For Gregory Adams, it appears he was following the rules, and had pedestrian right-of-way when he was struck by a car. Adams also used pedestrian safety measures light a headlamp, for motorists to know where he was. While the investigation into the accident is ongoing, it appears that the driver of the vehicle that struck Mr. Adams could be at-fault for the accident and his death. If the evidence does indicate motorist negligence, the family of Gregory Adams could make a wrongful death claim for his death, as well as a claim for any pain and suffering he might have had from the time of the accident until his death.
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