PENNSYLVANIA PEDESTRIAN INJURED WHEN DOG CAUSES VEHICLE TO MOVE
Apr 11, 2013 - Pedestrian Accidents
Some incidents could be described as being a freak accident, out of the ordinary or even odd. No matter the reason or the cause,pedestrian accidents usually involve a vehicle striking a person and often result in serious injuries. A person who gets struck by a vehicle has little chance to survive with little to no injuries. The automobile, on the other hand, can usually leave the accident with little to no damage. A pedestrian accident can result in financial burdens and a lengthy path to recovery for the injured party.
In late March, authorities responded to a pedestrian accident that was a bit unusual. Not a person but rather a dog was operating a vehicle that struck a Pennsylvania man. He had apparently noticed the vehicle propelling towards a stationary truck. That’s when the man made the attempt to stop the collision from occurring but got caught between the two vehicles in the process.
The man then fell and was knocked unconscious. He later regained consciousness at a hospital where he was taken for treatment.
According to reports, the vehicle was initially running and left unattended with the dog inside. The dog pushed on the gear causing the vehicle to begin to move. It was not reported as to whether there were any citations or liability attributed to the vehicle owner.
In bizarre cases like these, the vehicle owner of an unattended vehicle could face responsibility for negligence. A pedestrian injured in an accident like this could file a personal injury claim. The compensation awarded could go towards medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Accidents can occur anytime and anywhere. It is crucial that drivers practice safe driving at all times to avoid an incident from occurring.
Source: nbcbayarea.com, ““Ruff” Accident: Dog Drives Car into Pedestrian, Truck,” Elizabeth Smith, March 29, 2013