On July 17, 2013, a 28 year old mother and her four young children were killed on the Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia. The mother and her children were attempting to cross the boulevard and were hit and killed by a car. *Source: www.abclocal.go.com
Two men were arrested in connection with the fatal pedestrian car accident. According to the police, witnesses reported that the two men were drag racing and speeding.
This is not the first time there was a fatal pedestrian car accident on this road. There have been other car/pedestrian accidents. In fact, between 2009 and 2013, there were 17 pedestrian fatalities as a result of car crashes according to the PA Department of Transportation.
A safety awareness campaign was launched in 2008, and it included raising funds to install pedestrian crosswalks at various intersections along Roosevelt Boulevard.
There was no pedestrian crossing where the mother and her children were crossing. Local residents want something done in that area, i.e., construct an overpass or a crosswalk so pedestrians can cross safely. Residents in the area state that there isn’t a marked crossing close by, so the area where the mother and her children tried to cross made sense.
Car and pedestrian accidents happen every day. Some accidents result in minor injuries, but many of them result in serious injuries. Pedestrians may be able to recover from negligent drivers.
In cases where the pedestrians may have some percentage of fault, they may still be able to recover under the law. Pennsylvania has a modified comparative fault system that allows injured victims to recover damages so long as their fault is not found to be more than 50%. However, the award from the lawsuit will be reduced by the victim’s degree of fault. For a thorough explanation of PA’s comparative negligence rule, click to read Overview of Pennsylvania’s Negligence Rules.
If you were a pedestrian who was hit by a car and sustained injuries, feel free to call the PA car accident lawyers at White and Williams LLP. Daniel J. O’Brien, Esq. and his team have helped many injured pedestrians in Pennsylvania. Dan offers a FREE initial consultation. 877.944.8396