County police are investigating a collision in Scott Township that left four people in critical condition. A vehicle struck three pedestrians along the 400 block of Noblestown Road just before 4:45 p.m. on Saturday.  A 37-year-old woman, her father, and his friend were trying to start a malfunctioning vehicle when they were hit by a Ford Fiesta driven by a 47-year-old woman who was traveling south on Noblestown Road.  Authorities said the three pedestrians and the 47-year-old female driver of the subcompact car were transported to hospitals in critical condition.

Pedestrian dangers.

United States pedestrian fatalities are at their highest level since 1988. Recent data shows that 6,590 pedestrians were killed on U.S. roads in 2019, a 5% increase from 2018 and the continuation of a trend starting in 2009.  The combination of light truck use, bad driving behaviors and unsafe road crossings are partially to blame for this trend. Smartphones and increased levels of technological distraction, an all too familiar distraction of everyday life, were recognized culprits both behind the wheel and on U.S. walkways.

 Insurance laws.

 The State of Pennsylvania uses both a “no-fault” system and a 3rd party liability system. Under Pennsylvania’s no-fault system, after a car accident, a driver may turn to his or her own insurance company for compensation for injuries up to the personal injury protection, or “PIP”  limit regardless of fault. Drivers also have the right to circumvent Pennsylvania’s no-fault law and proceed directly against the at-fault driver under certain circumstances that result in serious injury. A lawyer specializing in accident claims can be of assistance. Insurance limitations on individual policies may not be high enough to pay when multiple accident victims are involved and legal action will have to be initiated to recover damages.  If someone dies after being hit by a car, a wrongful death action can be filed by heirs of the decedent and personal representatives of an estate.

Damages.

Compensation for any loss sustained as a result of a car accident, due to partial, or full negligence of another person, is in a victim’s reach to assist in the payment of any significant medical expenses, loss of wages, funeral expenses, and wrongful death claims caused by car accidents. Damage settlements stemming from car accidents are usually paid out by insurance companies.

Seek legal counsel.

If you have suffered property damage, or injury after being hit by a car near Pittsburgh, contact an experienced personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Scanlon & Wojton for assistance.

Scanlon & Wojton, Attorneys at Law

The Mitchell Building
304 Ross Street, Suite 510
Pittsburgh, Pa 15219

Phone:  (412) 918-1241

Fax: (412) 235-7275

 

Sources:

https://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/LI/CT/HTM/42/00.071.002.000..HTM

https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/LI/consCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&ttl=42&div=0&chpt=83&sctn=1&subsctn=0

 

 

 

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