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We want to take you a bit north of Pittsburgh to bring you the story of a tragic accident that happened last week in Easton. At around 10:45 a.m. on election day, Marlene Raub, 83, was struck by a vehicle right after she had voted and walked back outside of the polling place.
Police say that Raub was rushed to St. Luke’s Hospital, but her injuries were too severe. She died an hour later.
While the exact cause of this incident is still being investigated, we know that this highlights how vulnerable pedestrians are when they go out each day. Do you know what to do in the event of an accident that causes you or a loved one injury?
If you need a Pittsburgh pedestrian accident attorney, turn to the team at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman to get you the compensation you need for all of your accident-related expenses.
For the latest reporting year in Pennsylvania, the numbers are scary: Here are some of the numbers:
- Pedestrian accidents account for 3.2 percent of total crashes and 13.2 percent of the total traffic-related injuries.
- Last year, there were more than 4,000 pedestrian accidents.
Pedestrians have no protection from the impact of vehicles, motorcycles, or other objects that can run into them when they are out and about. When they get hit, they suffer both the initial impact as well as the impact with the ground.
This can lead to serious injuries:
- Lacerations and amputations
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Internal organ damage
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Traumatic brain injuries
All of these injuries can lead to long and expensive hospital stays. If long-term care is required, or if an accident victim is disabled, the cost of their care could become overwhelming for families.
It could be even worse if the injured person is the main income earner for a family.
How They Happen
Pedestrian right-of-ways, crosswalks, and parking lots are particularly dangerous for pedestrians, as drivers are often not paying attention. Driver carelessness of their surroundings can lead to severe pedestrian injuries.
Drunk drivers are a danger to everyone on and around the roadways. They accounted for 26 percent of all traffic-related fatalities in the state last year.
Distracted drivers, those who spend time staring at their cell phones or messing with other people on their vehicle, are also a major source of concern for pedestrians.
What You Can Do?
If you or a loved one have sustained injuries in a pedestrian accident that was caused by someone else, seek legal assistance. You may be eligible for more compensation than the insurance companies are offering.
At Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman, our knowledgeable and experienced team will work with you to get the compensation you need for all of your accident-related expenses. This can include:
- Medical bill coverage
- Lost income if you cannot work due to injuries
- Pain and suffering damages
- Punitive damages
When you need a Pittsburgh pedestrian accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 888-98-TWINS(89467).