A Peterbilt box truck was involved in a truck accident that took the life of a young jogger in Mercer County, according to the Pennsylvania State Police. The victim, a 22-year-old woman from Grove City, was jogging along Airport Road and attempted to cross Route 58 when she was hit by the truck. The truck was driven by a 27-year-old woman from Emlenton.
Authorities stated that the victim was transported to a local hospital but was pronounced dead some time after arrival. Authorities have made no statements regarding possible pending charges against the truck driver or given any further information regarding the victim’s responsibility in the accident.
Pedestrians are required to comply with all highway traffic laws and may be held responsible for actions in which they are deemed to have broken traffic laws. The ultimate effect of this is that the driver who hits a pedestrian may not receive criminal charges based on the accident or may not face fines or jail time for the injuries he or she has caused. However, whether a driver is charged with criminal liability, civil liability is always a possibility in pedestrian crashes.
A civil court does not have the same standard for proof of a case as a criminal court, and people often recover civil damages from a defendant who escaped criminal conviction. In order to recover damages in a civil action, many victims or their families hire a personal injury attorney who represents their interests and assists them in collect the maximum amount possible for their injuries. Personal injury victims who hire an attorney often have better success in recovering damages than those who represent themselves.
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Grove City jogger killed in traffic,” Jan. 9, 2013