Whenever pedestrians are struck by vehicles, the chances of them suffering severe or fatal injuries are significant. A Pennsylvania resident recently suffered a fatal personal injury when he was knocked down by a car. Reportedly, the incident occurred shortly after 6 a.m. on a recent Sunday.
According to a police report, the pedestrian was a resident of East Goshen who was walking along a local roadway when he was struck by an eastbound vehicle. The circumstances that led to the accident are still being investigated. It was reported that the 26-year-old driver remained at the crash scene and he was the one who called emergency services
Police said first responders from the city’s fire department were already performing CPR when they arrived at the scene. However, the victim ultimately succumbed to his injuries and passed away before he could be transported to a hospital. Authorities asked for witnesses to come forward to assist with the ongoing investigation.
Losing a loved one in such circumstances is naturally a traumatic experience that can only be exacerbated by the unanticipated financial consequences. Personal injury claims may be filed when a victim survives, but when injuries are fatal, the surviving family members may file a wrongful death lawsuit in a Pennsylvania civil court. If another driver caused the death, or if that person contributed to the accident, he or she can be named as the defendant in such a lawsuit. In order for a claim to lead to a monetary judgment, the plaintiffs will have to establish negligence on the part of another person. Only then will documented claims for financial and emotional losses be adjudicated.