OFFICER AND PEDESTRIAN STRUCK BY CAR WHILE AT AN ACCIDENT SCENE
Nov 22, 2013 - Pedestrian Accidents
These days, it is not uncommon to see pedestrians and cyclists on or near the roadways. Whether a person is using the sidewalk to get to their destination, crossing the street or is tending to their vehicle on the side of the road, pedestrians are often very close to moving vehicles. This makes it especially important for motorists to remain attentive, watch their speed and avoid texting while driving. Even the slightest distraction could cause a serious accident to ensue.
While Pennsylvania state troopers were tending to a car accident, a second collision perhaps took these officers off guard. A pedestrian accident occurred while troopers were at this earlier accident scene of that had occurred on an exit ramp off of Interstate 78. While an officer was interviewing a witness of the crash, a vehicle struck the officer and at least one other person at the scene.
The accident occurred around 8:30 a.m., and following the crash, both the struck officer and the other person were transported to the hospital for treatment of the injuries they suffered. At this time, there were no reports as to what injuries were suffered or as to the victims’ current conditions.
The crash is still being investigated, and no charges have been filed at this time. When a driver is found negligent or at fault for a crash, however, that driver could be held liable for the resulting injuries and damages. Those affected could file a personal injury claim in order to recover compensation to offset expenses such as medical bills, rehabilitation, damages and pain and suffering.
A pedestrian accident is often very serious and could be fatal. A person often cannot stand up to the size and impact of a vehicle, so it is important that drivers are aware of pedestrians in the area. Those affected by a negligent driver should understand their rights and options so that they can take appropriate actions such as, for some cases, filing a claim for compensation.
Source: Lehigh Valley Live, “Trooper, motorist struck by vehicle in Lower Saucon Township, reports say,” Nov. 17, 2013