Accident Involving Man in Wheelchair Hit by Car in Philadelphia
A 40-year-old man in a motorized wheelchair was hit by a car in Philadelphia. The person who was riding a motorized wheelchair suffered severe injuries and was immediately sent to the hospital. It is not clear whose fault caused the accident. The police stated that the heavy rain could have been a factor in the accident.
Traffic collisions of electric mobility devices (wheelchairs) and cars can occur for several reasons. First, the driver's negligence could have caused the accident. Motorists should pay special attention to the road when it is raining. Heavy rain can cause slippery roads and poor visibility. It may also cause your car to come to a stop more slowly when you apply the breaks. The law requires truck drivers to reduce their speed by 20% in rainy weather conditions. If an accident is due to the negligence of another driver, you need to call a car accident attorney as soon as possible to learn about your rights.
Second, a motorized wheelchair that is defective may cause an accident. Users of power wheelchairs need to make sure their wheelchair is safe and operable. Pennsylvania wheelchair law called Pennsylvania Motorized Wheelchair Warranty Act protects individuals who have new motorized wheelchairs. This law gives a disabled person rights when there are problems with the new motorized wheelchair. The law requires that all new power wheelchairs sold in Pennsylvania or delivered to Pennsylvania residents from other states have a one-year warranty.
When a car hits a person in a wheelchair, the injuries sustained by that person may be catastrophic, because a wheelchair user is generally not protected from the impact of the collision. If you have been involved in a wheelchair – car accident, call the Lassen Law Firm to learn about your right to financial recovery. The Lassen Law Firm, Philadelphia personal injury lawyers, is dedicated to helping car accident victims recover full and fair compensation for their injuries. Please call the Lassen Law Firm for your free initial consultation.