Apr 24, 2013 |


Apr 24, 2013 - Pedestrian Accidents

The impending warm weather often means more outdoor activities here in Pennsylvania. Local residents will ride their bikes, rollerblade and jog outside in areas where vehicles frequent. That can pose several risks to those on the sidewalks, the side of the road and crosswalks at or near intersections. Both automobiles and trucks need to keep an eye out for anyone out on the streets because a collision between a person and a vehicle could occur. When a pedestrian accident occurs involving someone walking, jogging or even inline skating, the unprotected pedestrian will most likely suffer serious injuries.

A collision occurred between a roller blader and a truck in Middleton. The accident happened around 8 p.m. on Woodbourne road. A 15-year-old was inline skating north on the west side of North Woodbourne road. The vehicle involved in the impending accident was traveling west on Fourth Street. As the truck was approaching North Woodbourne Road, the inline skater crossed in front of the truck. Unable to stop, the truck struck the teen. According to the driver, the traffic signal was green and a vehicle in front of him turned left, and he continued going straight across the intersection.

Authorities responded to the accident, and the teen suffered a cut to his arm. He was treated at a medical center for his injury. The collision is still being investigated to determine cause and liability. If the driver was at fault, the injured teen could file a personal injury claim. This would cover medical bills and damages that the collision caused.

No matter what time of year it is, divers will often share the road with others. It is important that drivers are aware of pedestrians, cyclists, roller bladers and other on or near the street. Reducing speeds and looking both ways at crosswalks is important, even if the vehicle has the right-of-way. For those injured by negligent drivers, the legal system can provide the opportunity to obtain compensation to deal with the results of an unfortunate accident.

Source: Bucks County Courier Times, “Teen roller blader injured in Middletown accident,” George Matter, April 18, 2013.

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