Durham, NC (May 20, 2021) – Police in Durham are investigating after a pedestrian was fatally struck by a transit bus on Thursday. The incident took place around 12:30 p.m. at the bus station located at 515 West Pettigrew Street.
According to police, a GoDurham transit bus was pulling into Gate A when the bus jumped the curb and hit a woman who was standing on the sidewalk. The woman was later identified as 56-year-old Lawanda Gail Rigsbee of Durham. Rigsbee was rushed to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. The bus driver was transported to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The driver was not identified.
An investigation into the accident is ongoing at this time. Investigators believe that the driver may have suffered a medical emergency that led to the crash.
There is no additional information available.
We would like to offer our most sincere condolences to the family of Lawanda Rigsbee following this fatal crash in Durham.
North Carolina Pedestrian Accidents
In the year 2018, there were 2,435 pedestrian accidents in North Carolina, and 2,210 injuries were reported as a result of these crashes. Sadly, many pedestrian accident injuries are life-changing and are very severe in nature. Some common injuries are broken bones, soft tissue injuries, head and neck injuries, and spinal cord trauma. In the worst-case scenario, death may result from the crash. Each North Carolina pedestrian crash must be closely investigated by authorities. Some common issues that arise in pedestrian crashes are whether the pedestrian was in a crosswalk or other marked areas, whether the driver was distracted before the crash, and if the collision could have been avoided through the use of reasonable care and caution.
Under North Carolina law, a driver is negligent if they act below the standard of a reasonable person in the same situation. Drivers who fail to pay attention to the roadway and cause accidents are considered to be negligent and can be held financially responsible for any damages that they cause. With a pedestrian accident, these damages can include medical bills, lost wages due to the crash, and the pain and suffering due to injuries sustained. Given the serious injuries that occur in many North Carolina pedestrian crashes, the stakes can be high. You should ensure that you have the best representation so that you receive the compensation you deserve.
At Burton Law Firm, North Carolina personal injury lawyer Jason M. Burton has assisted hundreds of crash victims and their families during some of the most difficult times of their lives. A pedestrian accident case presents complicated issues that can only be handled by a skilled and experienced attorney. During this time, your focus should be on healing and your family while we handle the legal details on your behalf.
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