Leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident could turn something that was maybe just that — an accident — into a punishable hit-and-run. A 68-year-old Pennsylvania woman is facing such charges after fleeing the scene of an accident this week.
Reportedly, the woman struck an off-duty Philadelphia Police officer while he was riding his motorcycle in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania. He suffered serious injuries and is currently reported by police to be in critical but stable condition at Albert Einstein Medical Center. His long list of injuries includes a broken pelvis and femur, in addition to head trauma.
Reportedly, the accident remains under investigation, but alcohol and drugs are not thought to be a contributing factor in this hit-and-run accident. The elderly woman was arrested about a block away from the scene of the accident.
Being the victim of a car accident in Philadelphia or any other city throughout Pennsylvania can be traumatic. Victims may not know where to turn or what to do, particularly when faced with the mounting medical bills required to treat the injuries sustained in the crash.
The good news is that victims do have the option of pursuing a personal injury claim. If successful, victims could be awarded compensation to recoup for their medical bills and lost wages from recovery time. Additionally, monetary compensation could also be in order for the emotional pain and suffering on behalf of the victim.
Source: Philly.com, “Off-duty cop injured in motorcycle crash in Cheltenham,” Morgan Zalot, Sept. 10, 2012