When people think about traffic accidents, they usually think about crashes between two cars or between other vehicles on the road. But traffic accidents frequently occur involving pedestrians as well. In fact, in 2014, there were around 4,000 traffic accidents involving pedestrians in Pennsylvania, and around 4% of those accidents resulted in fatalities. Pedestrians are especially vulnerable to serious injuries if they are involved in a traffic accident. If you or someone you love was hurt as a pedestrian in an accident, you should get in touch with one of our experienced Philadelphia pedestrian accident lawyer right away.
Especially in busy areas like downtown Philadelphia, pedestrians are very common as people walk to and from work, parking garages, restaurants, and businesses. Although sidewalks and crosswalks provide generally safe spaces for people to walk, accidents do still happen. If a motorcycle jumps onto the sidewalk to avoid traffic, for example, or if a car runs a red light and enters a crosswalk while someone is walking through it, a pedestrian could get hit and seriously injured. Because pedestrians almost always have the right of way, a driver is expected to slow down and yield to pedestrians and is responsible for any injuries caused if they fail to do so.
The reason that pedestrians can suffer very serious injuries in traffic accidents is because unlike a driver or passenger in a vehicle, a pedestrian does not have the protection provided by the frame of a vehicle. Furthermore, it is unlikely that a pedestrian will be wearing a helmet or other protective gear while walking. Pedestrians do not stand much of a chance against relatively fast moving vehicles and may find themselves facing very serious and painful injuries.
Pedestrians who have been hurt in a traffic accident could face injuries ranging from broken bones, cuts and abrasions, bruising, and concussions to serious and potentially life threatening injuries like loss of limbs and head or spinal injuries. Some patients may suffer from mental issues after the accident like depression or anxiety, and both physical and mental injuries may make it difficult for accident victims to work and earn a wage to pay their medical bills. In serious cases, head, neck, or spinal trauma can result in disabilities or paralysis, which will have effects lasting a lifetime and require extensive medical treatment.
Unfortunately, sometimes pedestrian accidents are not taken as seriously as other car accidents. Police, doctors, and insurance companies may assume that the pedestrian was at fault for some reason, maybe by walking in the wrong place or not paying attention to traffic. This is extremely unfortunate and upsetting because pedestrians are often not at fault at all. They will have valid claims against the person in the vehicle who hit them, and their rights should be protected so that they receive the full compensation amount they deserve for their medical bills and other expenses or damages.
If you have been hit as a pedestrian, be sure to seek medical attention immediately, even if you think you were not seriously hurt. The police can write a report and gather information about the accident while you are being treated for your injuries. Once you have been seen by a doctor, get in touch with a pedestrian accident attorney right away.
By contacting one of our experienced Philadelphia pedestrian accident attorney, you will be put in touch with a lawyer who understands how upsetting these accidents can be and will protect your rights. First, your attorney will help determine exactly what happened during the accident and will help you gather evidence to prove that you were not at fault for your injuries. Your own insurance policy may provide coverage for your injuries as a pedestrian in an accident, or the person who caused the accident may have insurance coverage to compensate for pedestrian injuries. Your attorney will then help work with the insurance company to make sure the company does not try to say that you were at fault or offer you less compensation than you deserve.
Our attorneys are sensitive to the fact that being a pedestrian in an accident can be a painful and traumatic experience. That is why we work exclusively to assist accident victims and never work for insurance companies. Once you contact us, we will put you in touch with an attorney experienced in pedestrian accidents who will provide a free consultation at your home or hospital or at our office. Your attorney will represent you and your rights every step of the way to get you the best result available in your case.