It is such a dangerous thing to do to have to get out of your car or truck on the side of a busy road. It happens often, whether a car breaks down, a flat tire has to be fixed or something falls out of the back of a pick-up truck that needs to be retrieved. That is exactly what happened to Alfred C. Perutelli, III on Wednesday. According to WDBJ7, Mr. Perutelli, was stopped alongside Route 29 in Amherst County to pick up some furniture that had fallen out of the back of his pick-up truck. Trooper D.T. Wilson, of the Virginia State Police had stopped to help him retrieve his furniture. Both men were struck by a Nissan Altima traveling on Route 29. Charges are currently pending against the driver of the Altima, who was not injured.
Our thoughts go out to the family of the deceased and we hope that the trooper is able to make a complete recovery from his injuries. It is not known what caused the driver of the Altima to hit both men. Perhaps he was distracted or simply not paying attention. Perhaps he was driving too fast and could not slowdown in time to avoid hitting the victims. Whatever the reason, one family is now left grieving and one man is left to recover from devastating injuries. Accidents like this also put a spotlight on taking extra precaution when stopped along a busy road; especially if you need to get out of your vehicle.
Our firm has handled many cases involving pedestrians being hit by someone who was driving distracted or not paying attention to the road. The injured officer may want to file a personal injury claim to recover monetary damages for the physical, emotional and financial injuries he has suffered. The family of the deceased victim may want to consult an experienced wrongful death lawyer, as well. While no amount of money can compensate for the loss of a loved one, they would be entitled to recover a monetary settlement to help them with things such as final expenses, loss of income, loss of medical or retirement benefits and loss of companionship.
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