Parking lots are the scene of many fender benders. Cars blindly pull out of parking spots only to be struck by oncoming vehicles. Others pull into parking lot lanes too quickly and too widely, causing them to strike vehicles traveling in the opposite direction. Fortunately, given the relatively slow speeds vehicles generally travel through parking lots, many of these wrecks merely result in minor property damage. However, despite these slow speeds, when these accidents involve pedestrians, the results can be deadly.
This was the tragic case for one Pennsylvania woman who was killed in a local Walmart parking lot. According to reports, the woman was struck just outside of the store’s main entrance in a zone that is clearly demarcated as a pedestrian crossing. As a result of this incident, a 49-year-old woman is accused of drunk driving and homicide by vehicle. Reports indicate that the accused individual ran over the woman twice before stopping. When questioned by police, the woman admitted to striking the victim and to taking pain medication. Police officers indicated that they could smell alcohol on her breath.
Sadly, pedestrian accidents like this are more common than many people realize. Given the fact that pedestrians lack safety devices to protect them, they are often subjected to extensive harm in these wrecks. Those who are fortunate enough to survive may still have serious injuries that leave them unable to work and, in some instances, reclaim their pre-accident lives. Disabilities and disfigurement are very real possibilities for these victims.
To obtain accountability and compensation for their damages, these victims or their families can pursue a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent driver who caused the accident. Evidence from the scene of the accident, including car accident reconstruction, may prove useful in imposing liability.