Police have been investigating separate accidents in which three pedestrians were killed in southwestern Pennsylvania. The first happened in Paint Township, Somerset County. A 93-year-old pedestrian, a Central City resident, was hit while crossing the street with her groceries.
On the same day, in Pleasant Hills, a Pittsburgh suburb, a man was killed when he was hit by a vehicle on Route 51 near the Olive Garden restaurant. The third accident happened to a 41-year-old Youngstown resident who was killed when he was hit while he was walking along Route 982 in Unity Township.
Even the most careful of drivers can find themselves involved in one of these types of accidents. A pedestrian accident is any accident involving a vehicle, whether it be a car, truck, van or even a motorcycle, and at least one pedestrian, defined as any person who walks. A pedestrian accident can occur in the street, in the crosswalk, on the sidewalk, in a parking lot or anywhere where foot and vehicle traffic meet. The most usual setting for a pedestrian accident is an intersection without pedestrian crosswalks or urban roadways. Unfortunately, the fatality rate among pedestrian accidents is high.
It is unfortunate that children and elderly are most at risk for pedestrian accidents. Children who run into streets after toys, pets or after other children with no regard to automobiles. Children sometimes cross streets without looking for lack of knowing any better or by distraction from other children or some other means. The elderly are also at risk since they are not as agile in crossing streets or avoiding oncoming traffic in the case of an emergency situation. Also, the aid of canes, walkers and wheelchairs can slow an elderly pedestrian down, making them more susceptible to oncoming traffic. If you have lost a loved in a pedestrian accident, call the Lassen Law Firm, Philadelphia Pedestrian Accident Lawyers, for help.