May 15, 2013 |


May 15, 2013 - Pedestrian Accidents

Although it is extremely common for residents to use vehicles to get from one destination to another in Pennsylvania, it is just as common for residents to utilize sidewalks and crosswalks to get from place to place. Places where pedestrians and vehicles frequent are also areas where there is a risk for pedestrian accidents. A collision between an automobile and a person can be very severe, and result in serious injuries, even fatalities.

A fatal pedestrian accident occurred on a Friday afternoon in Martins Ferry. A 68-year-old man was crossing Zane Highway on his way to a gas station when a vehicle, that was making a right turn from Hanover Street, struck him. Emergency crews responded to the collision, and transported the pedestrian to the hospital, where he later died.

Police are investigating the accident, and spoke with the driver and witnesses. The driver indicated that he did not see the man crossing the street. The cause of the accident has yet to be determined, and authorities have not yet determined if any charges will be filed.

The family members of the deceased man could file a wrongful death lawsuit. This would help cover any medical bills, funeral costs, damages and pain and suffering.

A pedestrian accident usually ends tragically. A person will either suffer serious injuries or result in their death. The loved ones of the deceased usually experience emotional harm in addition to the financial burdens associated with the accident. A wrongful death claim can sometimes help with the coping process.

Source: WTOV 9, “Pedestrian dies after being struck by car in Martins Ferry,” Briona Arradondo, May 3, 2013

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