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May 21, 2015

Temple Student Injured in Hit-and-Run Accident Near Campus


According to a report[1] published at nbcphiladelphia.com, a Temple University student was recently involved in a hit-and-run accident when a vehicle struck her near campus on Wednesday, April 29th. The incident occurred near the intersection of Diamond Street and Park Avenue at around 7:30 p.m. and threw the victim from the bicycle she was riding. The victim was transported to Temple University Hospital for treatment for a fractured leg and head injuries. According to eyewitnesses, the driver attempted to stop but was told to flee the scene by a passenger. The victim, a 22 year old woman, was in critical condition as of Thursday morning.

While millions of people are injured in traffic accidents each year, victims can usually identify the party or party responsible their injuries. This is often extremely important, as a person generally be able to identify the person or party that caused the accident in order to be able to recover compensation for their injuries and other losses. It is an unfortunate reality that many people who cause accidents flee the scene of an accident, leaving victims with little recourse until the driver is identified. Drivers who flee after an accident are often drunk, uninsured, or have outstanding warrants for their arrest. Obviously, none of these reasons justify leaving the scene of an accident, and people who do so are subject to significant legal penalties, particularly when there are injuries involved.

Driver comes forward

Fortunately for the victim and her family, the driver in this case decided to come forward and is cooperating with investigators. According to a report published by CBS Philly, the driver told investigators that he was “scared” after the accident because he only had a driver’s permit. Under Pennsylvania law, an individual with a driver’s permit must be accompanied by a licensed driver over 21 if he or she is driving. Sources indicate that neither of the two passengers in the vehicle at the time of the accident were over 21. As of late Thursday, no formal case has been brought against the driver.

Motor vehicle accident victims can often recover for many different types of losses

In addition to the criminal actions that will likely be taken against the driver, he may also be subject to significant civil liability as a result of the accident. Under general principles of tort law, people who injure others through their negligent conduct are responsible for compensating their victims for the losses they incur. Some of the kinds of losses that the victim in this accident could potentially pursue are discussed below.

  • Medical expenses – One of the most commonly sought forms of damages in a bicycle accident case are those for medical expenses. The compensation received can be for past, current, and future medical expense as well as the cost of any rehabilitative care that may be required. In many cases, these expenses can rise into the hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars, especially in cases where victims develop long-term medical complications or disabilities.
  • Lost income – Many people who are injured in preventable accidents are unable to work for an extended period of time. In many cases involving preventable accidents, these losses are recoverable.
  • Loss of future earning potential – Another form of damages that are often available in cases of accidental injury include those for the loss of a person’s future earning potential. This is particularly relevant in a case such as this, as the victim was a student and was getting ready to start her career. These types of damages are generally sought when an accident victim develops a medical condition or disability that keeps him or her from pursing or engaging in their intended profession.
  • Pain and suffering – People who are injured by the negligence of others are often entitled to claim damages for their physical and emotional pain and suffering. These types of damages aim to compensate people for the actual pain experienced as well as the emotional impact of the loss of enjoyment due to experiencing a debilitating injury.

Victim’s outcome still unclear

According to all reports, the injuries sustained by the victim in this case were extremely severe. Undoubtedly, the driver who hit her will face significant criminal penalties, but the civil liability he will face will depend on the victim’s ultimate outcome.


1 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Temple-Hospital-Woman-Hit-and-Run-Philadelphia–301759451.html



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