Five-Year-Old Boy in Chatham Struck by Reversing Car

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Saturday afternoon, a little boy was hit by a car in Chatham. The April 11 accident could have turned tragic, but the 5-year-old is currently recovering at a London hospital where he is lucky to be alive.

According to reports, the accident took place on McNaughton Avenue East at approximately 1:45 p.m. when the motorist was attempting to back out of a driveway. The driver rolled over the boy, who Chatham-Kent police say was dragged under the vehicles tires and possibly sustained head injuries from the accident.

The boy was taken immediately to Chatham-Kent Health Alliance. He was then transferred to Londons child treatment centre at Victoria Hospital for more extensive care. Police are asking witnesses to contact Const. Jason Herder at 519-355-1092 if they have any additional information.

As police work to piece together an accident cause, we at Greg Monforton & Partners send our best wishes to the family of the young boy, and hope that he recovers quickly and without any issues. Simple day-to-day activities like reversing in a driveway can become irreversible acts of negligence if a driver is careless or distracted.

New information revealed by Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) shows the results of a 10-year study on a number of crash factors in Ontario car accidents. The story, published on OurWindsor.ca, says there have been more than 3,500 deaths on the provinces roads since 2005, and that distraction may have played a major role in many of them.

According to acting OPP Sergeant Kelly Daniels, distracted and impaired driving, speed and failure to wear a seatbelt are cited by police as the most common fatal mistakes drivers make. While last year had the lowest number of fatalities out of each year studied, the importance of public awareness regarding distracted driving cannot be minimized.

If you or someone you love suffered due to a distracted driver, contact Greg Monforton & Partners today. There are legal options, and our car accident lawyers are prepared to help you pursue the justice and compensation you deserve.

Call 1-866-320-4770 or fill out our free case evaluation form.