Driver Allegedly On Drugs At The Time Of Pedestrian Crash

Posted By: SSF Law Firm Posted In: Pedestrian Accident Posted On: May 11, 2019

The roadways are unpredictable. Whether you are in a vehicle or out on foot, you need to be careful and pay attention. Unfortunately, there are times when the negligence of other people causes serious injuries. Today, we want to discuss a recent incident in which police say a driver on heroin caused a parking lot crash.

At Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman, you can turn to us when you need a Pittsburgh pedestrian accident attorney. Let our teamwork to investigate what happened so we can secure the compensation you deserve.

A Parking Lot Crash

On May 17, we learned that a driver in a Giant Eagle parking lot was allegedly under the influence of drugs when he caused a crash. Police say the incident happened on Wharton Street in the South Side when a driver nearly hit a pedestrian and then side-swiped a car before striking a fence.

Officers allegedly found a needle inside the vehicle and the driver was given Narcan to revive him from a heroin overdose. The driver was arrested for DUI.

This case could have been much worse. We are thankful that the pedestrian in this incident was not struck. Nobody could have predicted that someone would overdose and cause a crash in a parking lot. This is just one danger that pedestrians face each day in and around the roadways.

What else do pedestrians have to watch out for?

During the latest reporting year in Pennsylvania, we know that most pedestrian crashes happened when people were:

  • Entering a crossing or specified pedestrian location
  • Walking, running, jogging, or playing
  • Approaching or leaving a vehicle

In most cases, these incidents happen in areas in which the pedestrian had the right-of-way, places where they should not have to worry about careless or negligent drivers. For the latest reporting year, there were 4,106 pedestrians injured and 150 killed in these incidents. Injuries from these crashes are often severe and can include:

  • Spinal cord trauma (possible paralysis)
  • Head injuries/traumatic brain injuries
  • Internal organ damage or internal bleeding
  • Broken or dislocated bones
  • Severe lacerations or road rash

All too often we find that these crashes are caused due to drivers who are:

  • Not paying attention to the roadways because they are on their phones
  • Impaired by drugs or alcohol
  • Knowingly speeding or operating recklessly

Why should victims and their families be put into financial jeopardy because of another person’s behaviors?

Moving Forward Now

You cannot predict what will happen in or around the roadways. The last thing you should have to worry about when you have the right-of-way as a pedestrian is getting struck by a vehicle. At Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman, our team will work diligently to secure the compensation you deserve. This can include:

  • Your medical expenses related to the incident
  • Lost wages and benefits if you cannot work
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life damages
  • Punitive damages against those responsible

If you need a Pittsburgh pedestrian accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by calling at 888-98-TWINS(89467).

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