Oct 16, 2013 |


Oct 16, 2013 - Pedestrian Accidents

Pennsylvania residents consistently witness pedestrians near the roadways. It is not uncommon for locals to utilize the sidewalks and crosswalks to get from the parking lot to their destination. Although safety precautions — such as signals and signs — are placed in these areas, pedestrian accidents could occur. When drivers are speeding or inattentive, they might not notice a pedestrian crossing the road. Similarly, if a pedestrian is not crossing the street when it is safe or permitted, a vehicle might not be able to stop in time and a collision could ensue.

A vehicle recently struck a man from Canonsburg when he was attempting to cross four lanes of traffic on Route 19. The accident occurred in North Strabane Township around 3:30 p.m. The man was on his way to attend a wedding and proceeded to cross the southbound lanes of Route 19. The man stopped on the median briefly and during his attempt to cross the northbound lanes, a car struck him.

Emergency crews responded to the crash and transported the man via helicopter to the hospital. The man did not survive his serious injuries and died shortly after the accident at the hospital. Authorities are still investigating the fatal auto-pedestrian accident.

Following investigation, police will be able to determine cause and fault in the accident. If the driver was at fault, the loved ones of the deceased pedestrian could file a wrongful death suit. This could result in compensation to help recover expenses for medical bills, funeral costs and lost wages. It is not clear if the pedestrian was crossing in the crosswalk, so it could be determined at the pedestrian contributed to the accident. Even when contributory negligence is found, this does not always prevent compensation from being awarded.

No matter the cause or who was at fault, when a loved one is killed in an accident, it is important to understand what rights and options are available. In depth investigation can be very helpful in these situations.

Source: Observer-Reporter, “Pedestrian struck on Route 19 dies,” Karen Mansfield, Oct. 11, 2013

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