BUCKS’ COUNTY MAN FACES CHARGES IN FATAL PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT
Dec 12, 2013 - Pedestrian Accidents
A Bucks’ County man was recently charged with homicide by vehicle following a fatal pedestrian accident that occurred earlier this year. The man is also facing several other charges in relation to the pedestrian accident that killed an 85-year old woman. The victim was crossing the road near her home when she was struck by the 33-year old man in his sports utility vehicle. The accident reconstruction and investigation revealed that the man needed a minimum of 140 of roadway to avoid a collision and that he had 400 feet of roadway to “see the pedestrian and avoid hitting her.” The police investigation concluded the failure to observe the victim crossing the road caused the accident.
The man was also charged with accidents involving death or personal injury while not properly licensed, involuntary manslaughter, offenses related to driving without a valid license, reckless endangerment, driving at an unsafe speed, reckless driving and careless driving. In general, any victim of a pedestrian accident that has been harmed by the negligence of another may have a claim for damages. Likewise, surviving family members of loved ones killed in a fatal pedestrian accident may have a claim for damages.
A personal injury lawsuit for serious injuries suffered in a pedestrian accident, or a wrongful death lawsuit for a death that results from a fatal pedestrian accident, may be brought against the party at fault in the accident. When a driver is negligent, or careless, and causes harm as a result of that behavior, the negligent driver may face liability to injured victims for damages. Typically, citations or charges that result from the accident against the party responsible for the accident are considered evidence of negligence.
Although the type and extent of damages will depend on the nature of the accident and the characteristics of the victim, any victim of a pedestrian accident, or surviving family member of a victim of a fatal pedestrian accident, may be able to bring a personal injury or wrongful death claim. A trained personal injury attorney can help victims better understand the process and evaluate damages victims may be entitled to receive.
Source: The Express Times, “Man charged with homicide by vehicle in accident that killed pedestrian, 85, in Lehigh County,” Kurt Bresswein, Dec. 5, 2013