A man was killed after he was struck by not just one, but two hit-and-run drivers on January 17 in Philadelphia. While someone was helping the man after he was hit by one vehicle, a car sped through the intersection and the man was run over again. According to the article on Philly.com, police are still searching for both drivers.
According to statistics, a pedestrian is killed every 120 minutes. Almost 18 percent of pedestrian fatalities involve a hit and run. About 70 percent of pedestrian fatalities happen in urban areas. In Pennsylvania, 136 pedestrians were killed in 2009, which accounted for 10 percent of all traffic accident-related deaths. Forty-six of those deaths were in the city.
In this particular case, both drivers can be held liable for this man’s death. It is a driver’s responsibility to immediately stop at the scene of an injury-causing accident. They could both face criminal charges for leaving the scene of the fatal Pennsylvania pedestrian accident. When negligence is involved, families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim, seeking compensation for medical and funeral expenses, lost future income, and other related damages.
The Philadelphia pedestrian accident attorneys at Cherry Fieger & Marciano, LLP advise injured victims or families of those killed in accidents in Pennsylvania regarding how to proceed following an accident. Call our lawyers today for more information during a free, confidential consultation. We can answer any questions you may have.