Philadelphia Pedestrian Accident Attorney Comments on Fatal Crash in Philly

September 28th, 2015

Two pedestrians were recently killed when a taxi hit them while they were crossing Broad Street in Center City, illustrating just how dangerous accidents involving pedestrians can be in Philadelphia, according to Philadelphia pedestrian accident lawyer Randall C. Flager of Flager & Associates, PC in Philadelphia.

“People walking and crossing the street have very little protection if involved in accidents with cars and trucks,” Flager said. “That’s why drivers need to be more aware of pedestrians and take steps to avoid accidents with them. This includes slowing down, putting down the phone and other behaviors that often contribute to pedestrian accidents in Philadelphia.”

The recent fatal Philadelphia pedestrian accident occurred around 4:30 a.m. on Sept. 7 on Board Street near the corner of Arch Street near City Hall, according to ABC 6 News and other news outlets. (ABC 6 News, “Man and woman killed by taxicab in Center City Philadelphia identified,” Sept. 8, 2015). According to news accounts, the taxi struck two people as they were crossing the street, reportedly sending the victims flying in the air more than 100 feet. (The Philadelphia Inquirer, “Was speed a factor in fatal taxi accident?,” Sept. 9, 2015)

Fatal pedestrian accidents happen regularly in Pennsylvania. In 2013, a total of 147 people died in pedestrian accidents in Pennsylvania, including 36 pedestrian fatalities in Philadelphia, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

More needs to be done to reduce the number of pedestrian accidents in Philadelphia, Flager said. “Whether it’s educating drivers to improving lighting on Philadelphia’s streets, we can’t simply accept that dozens of people will die every year in pedestrian accidents in the City of Brotherly Love,” Flager said. “Everyone needs to learn to share the road with pedestrians and cyclists, especially in congested city centers like Philadelphia. Together, we can put an end to this epidemic and make our streets safe for everyone.”

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