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We have learned that a woman who passed a school bus while it was stopped and loading children were allegedly impaired. The City of Duquesne Police Department says that the woman passed the bus that had its lights flashing at around 3:40 p.m. Two officers were stationed just past the bus and made a traffic stop. The driver, a 21-year-old female, was asked to perform field sobriety tests after officers noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle.
After she was arrested for DUI, the officers searched the vehicle and found several small bags of marijuana. The driver admitted to smoking before getting behind the wheel.
At Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman, we know that there are many ways pedestrians and other vehicle passengers face danger in and around the roadway. Luckily, police stopped the woman in this case before she could cause any harm, but around this bus stop, the situation could have been much worse. When you need a Pittsburgh pedestrian accident attorney, you can turn to us for help.
When you are out of your vehicle and walking around the city, do you ever wonder if you are safe? We are sure you take the steps necessary to keep yourself from harm, but you cannot control the actions of drivers near you. In the case above, the allegedly impaired driver could have caused major injuries to the children getting onto the bus. For the latest reporting year in Pennsylvania, there were over 4,000 pedestrian accidents.
We need to point out that nearly every pedestrian accident resulted in an injury or fatality. Often, the injuries we see from pedestrian accidents are severe. This is because our bodies are not made to absorb the impact of a vehicle. It is not uncommon for us to represent clients who have suffered from the following as a result of a pedestrian crash:
- Minor injuries – these can include road rash, small lacerations, and bumps and bruises.
- Major injuries – these can include internal organ damage, spinal cord injuries, head, and brain trauma, broken or dislocated bones, and more.
How Do They Happen?
In the above story, we can see how easily an intoxicated driver can cause severe harm. Whether a person is on alcohol or drugs, they should not be behind the wheel.
We also know that distracted drivers can cause major injuries. If a person is busy sending text messages or watching a video, they are not paying attention to their surroundings.
Moving Forward From Here
If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian crash that was caused by another person, you may need to seek help from an attorney. At Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman, our knowledgeable and experienced team is ready to secure the compensation you deserve for all of your accident-related expenses. This can include:
- Coverage of your medical bills
- Pain and suffering damages
- Lost income and benefits
- Punitive damages