As an experienced Anchorage, Alaska personal injury attorney, I’m constantly watching the local news for events in our community that pertain to our practice areas. Recently, a story from KTUU caught my attention.
In 2012 a, hit-and-run crash between driver Luke Jerde and pedestrian Zachary Mohs ended with Mohs losing part of his leg. The trial began in Anchorage last month with the defense attempting to blame Mohs, the pedestrian injured in the accident.
The prosecutor in the case claims that Jerde was acting recklessly when he got behind the wheel on a rainy night without properly functioning windshield wipers. The prosecution also said that he tried to hide his vehicle later that night, lying to police officers when questioned about its whereabouts.
The defense has insisted that police did not do a thorough job investing the case, and that Mohs is also partly responsible because he was not wearing reflective gear or using a crosswalk. The public defender also claims that evidence shows Mohs was under the influence.
As a personal injury attorney that has dealt with many pedestrian accidents in Anchorage, I believe it is outrageous that the defense is claiming the victim is at fault for “not wearing reflective gear.” It is ultimately the responsibility of the driver to ensure that he or she acts in a cautious manner, especially in areas where pedestrians are present. To blame the victim is not a practical means of escape from what has happened, especially since Jerde had not taken the time to ensure his visibility in the rain was as good as possible.
I will continually be watching to see how this case plays out, but hope the victim receives the justice he deserves. Suffering from such a severe injury would drastically affect anyone’s life, lingering as a constant reminder of the negligent actions of another.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident in Anchorage, Alaska, be sure to contact an experienced personal injury attorney for the guidance you need.
For more information and updates on this case, visit the KTUU website.