In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a minivan driving on the wrong side of the road collided with a parked car and a police vehicle, injuring the driver and a police officer in the process. According to police reports, the early morning accident occurred when the wrong-way driver struck a parked car. The force of the collision pushed the parked car into the police vehicle.
Two people, the driver of the minivan and the officer, sustained injuries. The officer was investigating another vehicle when the accident happened. Both were taken to a local hospital for treatment. The police are still investigating if alcohol was a factor in the crash.
Philadelphia, Allentown, Reading and many heavily populated areas in Pennsylvania are the scene of many traffic accidents involving cars. The majority of vehicles traveling on local roads and highways are cars so it is not surprising that car accidents are governed by the law of negligence. When a car accident happens, each party involved is thoroughly investigated to determine accident responsibility. Did the drivers involved exercise due care before the accident happened? The party accused of negligence may be required to pay damages to the victim.
For example, the victim in this accident can file a personal injury lawsuit if the driver of the minivan appears to have been negligent. Such accusations require substantial evidence which can be obtained from the results of a police investigation. Crash witnesses can also be interviewed for additional evidence. Once the victim has collected substantial evidence, the legal claim can be filed.
The plaintiff’s lawsuit may specify damages, including pain and suffering, lost wages, past, present and future medical expenses. The plaintiff may also choose to settle the case through negotiation or through traditional litigation. The plaintiff may also seek legal advice to ensure that he or she will obtain fair and just compensation.
Source: ABC 27, “Officer injured in wrong-way north Philly crash,” Mar. 6, 2014