PHILADELPHIA, PA – An elderly pedestrian was injured when he was hit by a vehicle following a collision at a North Philadelphia intersection early Saturday morning, WPVI reports.
Authorities said two vans collided in the area of 6th Street and Lehigh Avenue shortly after 4 a.m. One of the vans skidded along the street after being hit and struck the pedestrian, who had been crossing the street at the time. The victim, a man in his 70s, was hospitalized in serious condition.
Two people inside one of the vans sustained injuries that were not considered life-threatening. Two people inside the other vehicle were not injured.
The cause of the accident remains under investigation.
Pedestrian injuries and fatalities have been a serious problem in Philadelphia, as illustrated by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics showing that 4 in every 10 Philadelphia traffic fatalities were a pedestrian in 2013. But while pedestrians are at risk in many of the city’s intersections, the most hazardous street has been Roosevelt Boulevard. According to Streets Blog USA, it is the scene of about 700 crashes and 10 traffic fatalities each year. In 2001, State Farm Insurance found that two of the country’s three most dangerous intersections were on Roosevelt Boulevard: the intersections with Red Lion Road and Grant Avenue.
Most pedestrian accidents occur in high traffic areas and at night, with young children and the elderly most at risk. In many cases, the elderly almost take their lives into their hands when walking in certain urban areas. If you are hit by any type of vehicle while walking, be sure to contact the Philadelphia pedestrian accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Joel J. Kofsky to begin to build your case and hopefully earn the compensation you will need. For a free case evaluation, contact us today by calling (215) 735-4800 or filling out our online form.