On Sept. 25, a 21-year-old woman was injured in a fiery accident at a Philadelphia gas station, according to authorities. The incident reportedly took place at the intersection of Aramingo Avenue and Somerset Street at about 11:30 p.m.
Authorities said that is when a vehicle with a driver who purportedly confused the car's gas pedal for the brake charged into the 21-year-old woman's vehicle, which was carrying a 3-year-old child in the backseat. Consequent to the crash, a gas pump toppled and a fire erupted.
Reportedly, the 21-year-old woman suffered severe burns on account of the incident, having been on fire for a brief span of time. Responding to the beseeching screams of the woman, an unidentified bystander kicked in one of the car's windows and retrieved the 3-year-old child, authorities reported. The child, daughter to the 21-year-old woman, did not suffer any significant injuries in the accident.
Emergency personnel transported the woman to Temple Hospital, where she received treatment in the intensive care unit. According to authorities, it appeared doubtful following the event that police would file any criminal charges in connection with the incident.
Even when law enforcement officials opt not to file charges following a car accident, the party whose negligence or recklessness contributed to the event may still be held accountable in civil court. In the event that there is evidence linking a party's actionable behavior to the accident, people who suffered injuries may wish to retain a personal injury lawyer and file suit.
In this way, accident victims may seek compensation for the pecuniary damages associated with their injuries. In the case of a burn victim, those damages may be substantial if not overwhelming.