The child’s mother witnessed the accident while she was walking to meet her daughter. A neighbor who also saw the accident, rushed to help. The mother said she saw the driver of the van texting while driving. She said the van then came up onto the sidewalk where it struck her daughter.
The speed limit is 25 mph in the area. There is no confirmation on whether the driver was speeding or texting; however, police are currently working on getting a search warrant for the driver’s phone.
Police reported that the young girl sustained a broken femur, broken pelvis and severe head trauma. Her injuries are not expected to be life threatening, but she remains in critical condition.
Texting while driving is illegal in the state of Pennsylvania. If the driver is found guilty, she may face charges. In a previous blog post, we discussed the dangers of texting while driving and what is being done to help eliminate it.
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Parents do everything they can to protect their children, yet sadly, you cannot always protect your children from an accident. It is important, however, to hold negligent parties accountable for your child’s injuries. If your child was injured in an accident, contact the attorneys at Berger and Green. Our attorneys have experience in representing children and their families who have been injured in accidents. Contact us today for a free no obligation consultation to discuss your case.
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