If you are walking in or around the roadway, the last thing you should have to worry about is getting struck by a careless or negligent driver. However, if you or a loved one needs a Pittsburgh pedestrian accident lawyer, you can count on the team at the SMT Legal to help. We will investigate all aspects of the crash so we can secure the compensation you need. Today, we want to talk about a pedestrian versus commercial vehicle crash in nearby Ligonier.
Collision With A FedEx Truck
We want to bring you this story from out of our coverage area because it highlights not only pedestrian dangers but also an instance of a commercial vehicle incident. On July 10, a 54-year-old woman had just dropped some children off at a preschool in Westmoreland County when she was struck by a FedEx truck.
Pamela Barkley was walking when she was struck and pinned underneath the truck. The truck driver and a nearby maintenance crew that witnessed the crash tried to lift the truck off of her. They even tried to use a Bobcat machine to help. Unfortunately, Barkley died at the scene.
State and Ligonier police are investigating the crash, and a FedEx team was also dispatched to the scene to conduct their own investigation.
Pedestrian Crashes Can Be Devastating
According to the DOT, for the latest reporting year in Pennsylvania, there were:
- 150 pedestrian crash fatalities
- More than 4,000 pedestrian crash injuries
Nearly every pedestrian crash results in a serious injury or death. The human body cannot handle the force of an impact, especially with a larger commercial vehicle like the FedEx truck that hit Barkley. It is not uncommon for us to see the following injuries in the aftermath of a pedestrian crash:
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Each of these injuries can lead to major medical expenses for a crash victim. In many cases, a person is disabled and unable to work or enjoy everyday life. Who is responsible for a victim’s damages? All too often, insurance companies resist any kind of reasonable settlement, which is why it is so vital to secure help from an attorney.
We Are Ready To Get To Work For You
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a pedestrian crash caused by another person’s careless or negligent actions, please seek legal assistance today. At the SMT Legal, our qualified and experienced team is ready to help you through this. We will investigate what happened and work with all parties involved to secure the compensation you need. This can include:
- Your medical expenses related to the incident
- Lost income and benefits if you are unable to work
- Pain and suffering/loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Punitive damages against those responsible