EARLY MORNING PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT IN PENNSYLVANIA
Oct 30, 2013 - Pedestrian Accidents
Whether walking on the sidewalk, crossing the street or entering or exiting a vehicle in a parking lot, pedestrians are commonly seen throughout Pennsylvania. In most cases, when a person is a pedestrian, they are walking near traffic. Whether or not the traffic is heavy or fast moving, standing or walking near traffic is dangerous. Even when safeguards such as reduced speed limits, crosswalks and traffic signals are put in place, pedestrian accidents still occur.
Pennsylvania State Police were recently called to respond to a fatal accident in Tatamy. The incident involved a pedestrian and a vehicle, and the collision occurred just before 6 a.m. The accident took place on Eighth Street near Commerce Lane.
Emergency crews arrived to the scene and the county coroner was called to the scene. Officers stated that they were covering a fatal accident and the body of the pedestrian remained under a sheet at the scene of the accident. It is not clear at this time what caused the collision or where or what the pedestrian was doing at the time of the crash, but it was reported that the vehicle involved had impact damage to the windshield and passenger side.
The investigation is still ongoing, and once it is complete, authorities will be able to determine cause and liability. A person liable for a pedestrian accident could face both criminal and civil liabilities. The loved ones of the deceased pedestrian could file a wrongful death suit. This could result in the loved ones recovering compensation to cover funeral costs, damages and lost wages.
Following a fatal pedestrian accident, loved ones are often distraught and upset. This emotional response is often heightened when the investigation process is prolonged and financial burdens increase. This makes it especially important for those affected to understand their rights and options so that seeking compensation is an easier process.
Source: Lehigh Valley Live, “Pedestrian accident in Tatamy is fatal, officials, emergency dispatches indicate,” Tony Rhodin, Oct. 28, 2013