Philly.com reports that a man from North Philadelphia was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver on Roosevelt Boulevard in the Olney section of town on Monday, May 9. According to police, the 22-year-old-man was walking across the southbound outer lanes of the road shortly before 2 a.m. when he was hit by a motorist.
Accident investigators have stated they are looking for a dark, older-model Ford Taurus or a Mercury Sable. It is believed the vehicle suffered extensive damage in the fatal Philadelphia pedestrian accident, including a broken windshield and possibly a missing windshield wiper. Anyone with information is asked to all the Accident Investigation Division of the Philadelphia Police Department at 215-685-3180 or -3181.
The article notes that 49 people have been killed on Roosevelt Boulevard in the last five years. When someone is killed in an accident on a road that is considered to be hazardous, their family may be able to hold the government entity that oversees and maintains the roadway liable for the death and other accident-related losses. The following are examples of a dangerous roadway in Pennsylvania for which a city or state government can be held accountable for:
- A road is poorly designed, with dangerous curves, little visibility, narrow shoulders, missing guardrails, or diverts traffic ineffectively
- A road has not been adequately or regularly maintained, such as having potholes or uneven pavement
- A road with traffic signs that are not easily seen
- A road that is not adequately lit
- A road that has ongoing road construction, and does not have sufficient warning signs notifying motorist of the project
When a hazardous roadway accident occurs, in order for the governing body to be held responsible, it will need to be proven that the roadway was a contributing factor in a fatal accident and that the governing body was aware of the dangerous conditions but did not repair the road. The Philadelphia wrongful death attorneys at Anapol Weiss have the knowledge and skill needed to hold negligent parties accountable for a death caused by wrongdoing or inaction. Call 1-866-735-2792 to learn how our lawyers can help your family during this difficult time.