A Pittsburgh area woman, who was involved in a pedestrian accident late last month believes the incident was not an accident. The incident occurred at the Allegheny County Jail, the workplace of the individual behind the wheel of the car. The driver and the pedestrian reportedly were involved in a long-term relationship until last month. The pedestrian was the one who apparently ended that relationship.
As a result of the incident, the driver of the car has been suspended from her job at the jail and is facing criminal charges including attempted criminal homicide. She claims that the incident was not on purpose and really was an accident.
When a car hits a pedestrian, that unprotected individual often suffers serious injuries. Depending on the speed and size of vehicle that hits a pedestrian, they can be catastrophic and even result in death. When a pedestrian is severely hurt in a car accident, it is possible that person's life will never be the same. They may deal with consequences from that accident for years to come such as pain or paralysis. This can be expensive and leave the victim to facing not only with physical and emotional issues, but financial difficulties as well.
Many in this situation find that a personal injury lawsuit against the individual responsible for the injuries is a good way to try to obtain monetary damages. This is true, even when the injuries are not considered catastrophic. When successful, those damages could help make life much easier for the injured pedestrian.
Source: KDKA, "Guard Accused Of Running Down Woman Turns In Self," Ross Guidotti, April 2, 2013
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