The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that a man was killed after he was struck by a pickup truck in New Brighton, PA on Monday night, February 7.
According to the article, the Pennsylvania pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of Third Avenue and 11th Street at approximately 7:30 p.m. One motorist stopped to allow the man and his daughter to cross the street, but a pickup truck traveling in the other direction struck both pedestrians. The man was carried for some distance on the hood of the truck. When emergency personnel arrived, the man was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The woman was seriously injured and taken to Heritage Valley Medical Center for treatment.
New Brighton police have stated the pickup truck driver was taken in for questioning. The fatal PA pedestrian accident remains under investigation.
In the United States in 2008, 4,378 pedestrians lost their lives in traffic accidents, reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It is estimated that approximately 69,000 pedestrians were injured in collisions that same year. In Pennsylvania, 137 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in 2008. These alarming statistics result in an average of a pedestrian killed in a traffic accident about every two hours, with a pedestrian injured in an accident approximately every eight minutes.
According to the NHTSA, about 54 percent of the total pedestrian fatalities in 2008 occurred between the hours of 4 and 11:59 p.m. To prevent pedestrian accidents, the NHTSA recommends that walkers cross streets at designated crosswalks, and look both directions before crossing. Pedestrians should never assume that a motor vehicle will stop and allow them to cross; keeping in mind that many motorists often drive distracted, recklessly, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. When out at night, walkers should wear light colored and reflective clothing, and use a flashlight to make their presence known to motorists.
A Philadelphia negligence lawyer at Anapol Weiss can help victims injured in pedestrian accidents understand their legal rights and fight to obtain the compensation they deserve from negligent motorists. To schedule a free consultation, call 866-735-2792 today.