Whether as a preferred means of travel, or simply for exercise, many individuals choose to reach their destinations via the sidewalk. While this form of transportation can be beneficial in numerous ways, it can also be somewhat risky, especially if pedestrians come in contact with a negligent driver. Pedestrian-related accidents are a serious concern in areas of Pennsylvania and across the country, and if the driver of a vehicle is deemed at fault, the victims could choose to seek restitution through a personal injury claim should they be injured in the process.
According to police, a recent accident injured several individuals who were walking in a residential area when a truck suddenly ran over them. Police say the driver was traveling in the wrong lane at the time, and was taken into custody shortly after the incident. Although the crash occurred in front of the residence of a medical professional who was able to provide some treatment, five out of seven of the victims were reportedly flown to a hospital shortly thereafter.
Although an investigation into the accident is underway, authorities are uncertain what might have caused the driver to exhibit this type of negligence. With less in the way of protection, pedestrian accidents can be catastrophic, potentially ending in serious injuries for those involved, or worse. Pedestrians may also find it difficult, if not impossible, to react to a fast moving vehicle, which makes avoiding such a tragedy challenging at best.
Those who suffer serious injuries due to the negligent actions of another party may wish to pursue restitution accordingly, but the process can be complex. When facing a similar situation, an individual could speak with an attorney for guidance on how to proceed. An attorney in Pennsylvania can evaluate the incident, along with the client's injuries and financial needs, and assist in pursuing the compensation to which he or she is entitled through a personal injury claim against the party or parties deemed at fault.
Source: wncn.com, "5 children, 2 adults hit by car along residential street", Aug. 27, 2017