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You know that there are risks when you are in and around the roadway. Whether you are behind the wheel of your vehicle or walking through a parking lot, you could potentially be harmed by negligent drivers. Today, we want to discuss the various ways car crashes occur, beginning by highlighting a recent pedestrian crash.
At the Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman, our knowledgeable and experienced team is ready to help when you need a Pittsburgh car crash attorney. Let us get to work on securing the compensation you deserve.
This Was A Tragic Case
Today, we want to bring you a story from a bit out of our coverage area because it highlights some of the dangers that careless and negligent drivers pose on the roadways. Jonathan A. McElroy, a 42-year-old man from Mount Pleasant, was charged with the death of Clarence Wolff.
The incident occurred last month when McElroy, a Westmoreland County car salesman, struck 86-year-old Wolff in a company car and then fled the scene. According to Wolff’s family, they had just finished dinner at a restaurant and were returning to their vehicle when McElroy slammed into Wolff.
Wolff’s granddaughter said of McElroy: “He stopped. He got out of his vehicle. He looked back. He asked if he was OK and then he must have seen the results of what happened, and he got right back in and was gone.”
Mr. Wolff died from his injuries at the hospital.
McElroy tried to cover up evidence of the crime at the time and then returned the vehicle to his dealership. Police have now arrested him and charged him with accidents involving death or personal injury, tampering with evidence, unsworn falsification to authorities, and theft.
Vehicle crashes are an unfortunate reality in Pennsylvania. For the latest reporting year, there were more than 128,000 total crashes. Out of those, there were over 1,100 fatalities and over 80,000 injuries.
We also know that there were over 4,000 pedestrian crash injuries and 150 pedestrian crash fatalities.
- Nearly all pedestrian crashes result in injuries or a fatality.
Far too many vehicle crashes in Pennsylvania occur due to driver negligence. This can include drivers who are operating while impaired by drugs or alcohol, those who are distracted by their electronic devices, and those who disregard traffic laws.
- Vehicle crash victims and their families should not be left holding the bills in a crash that was caused by someone else.
What Happens Now?
Vehicle crashes can affect anyone. Whether you are a passenger in a vehicle, a motorcyclist, a pedestrian, or a bicyclist, you can be severely injured in a crash caused by a careless or reckless driver. At Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman, our team is ready to get to work on your behalf. We know that you need compensation for the following:
- Coverage of your medical bills
- Compensation for lost income if you cannot work
- Mental anguish damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages