Aug 14, 2013 |


Aug 14, 2013 - Pedestrian Accidents

Residents in Pennsylvania witness locals and tourists walking near roadways on sidewalks and crosswalks. That proximity can create danger, especially when a pedestrian or driver fails to pay attention.

Take, for example, a recent hit-and-run accident involving a pedestrian and a vehicle that is under investigation by Fogelsville police. According to the preliminary reports, the 33-year-old male pedestrian was attempting to flag down a vehicle for a ride. During that attempt, a vehicle that was presumed to have been traveling on the 309 on-ramp to Interstate-78 going westbound struck the man in the early morning

The vehicle that struck the man fled the scene, but authorities that responded to the pedestrian accident recovered a mirror at the scene. Officers believe that the mirror may be from a van. They also suspect that the van that struck him might have damage to their front and driver’s side. Despite those leads, authorities are still trying to locate the vehicle and the driver.

Following the accident, the male pedestrian was transported to the hospital for treatment for the injuries he suffered. Once the driver is located, in addition to receiving criminal penalties, the driver could face civil liabilities. The injured pedestrian could file a personal injury claim in order to recover compensation for medical bills, rehabilitation, damages as well as pain and suffering.

Pedestrian accidents often result in serious injuries or even death. This is why it is crucial that drivers are on alert for pedestrians traveling near the roadway even if it is in an area where they are not often found.

Source: Hellertown Patch, “Pedestrian Struck on I-78, Police Say,” Josh Popichak, Aug. 11, 2013

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