In Commonwealth v. Lowry, Pennsylvania’s Superior Court recently held that, even when a vehicle never strikes another car or a person, a reckless driver can still be criminally charged and convicted of causing an accident involving death or personal injury and summary offenses of operating a motor vehicle without financial responsibility and careless driving. The Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code specifies the actions that a driver “involved in an accident resulting in injury or death” should take, including remaining at the scene to deliver information and render assistance. The court decided that requiring physical contact between the reckless driver and another car, object, or person would circumvent the spirit of the law – which is meant to hold drivers responsible for accidents they cause.
This case shows the Pennsylvania Appellate Courts have interpreted liberally the law to protect victims of reckless driving by deciding the General Assembly’s meaning of a single phrase. When a case comes down to tiny details of interpreting an insurance policy or statute such as meaning of “involved in,” a Philadelphia car accident lawyer is an important resource. A Philadelphia attorney helps drivers injured in car accidents to navigate the language of the Pennsylvania Vehicle code. Likewise, a car accident attorney is aware of important cases like Commonwealth v. Lowry, which impact the rights of drivers, passengers, bicyclists, and pedestrians who are injured on the road.