PENNSYLVANIA & NEW JERSEY PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT LAWYERS
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, with the help of a personal injury attorney you may be able to recover significant monetary awards for property damage, medical treatment costs, loss of income, and pain and suffering.
Not all of us know how to drive a motorcycle, truck, or even a car--but we all share one mode of transportation in common. Our feet. We have all been pedestrians at some point or other. Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents have been on the rise over the past few years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, this year nearly 5,000 pedestrians will be killed and another more than 75,000 will be injured in accidents involving motor vehicles. That’s one pedestrian killed every two hours in a traffic crash, and one injured every seven minutes. Equally disturbing, the city of Philadelphia showed up in fifth place in the overall rankings of large American cities for the most pedestrian fatalities and injuries.
Every Pedestrian Accident Can Be Serious
Even seemingly minor injuries due to a pedestrian accident can result in major health problems--and health care costs--down the line. Depending on the severity of the accident and on your age and well-being when you suffered the accident, your injuries may require medical treatment and/or rehabilitation for many years to come.
Who is going to pay for all that? How will you support your family while you recover?
Well, if your accident and injuries were due to another person’s or party’s negligence or misconduct, they should pay, whether through insurance companies or out of their own pockets. In certain cases, such as accidents involving severe injuries or death, or when the insurance involved will not cover your damages, you may want to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Tips to Help You Avoid a Pedestrian Accident
Stay on the sidewalk or walking path whenever possible.
In the absence of a sidewalk or path, proceed facing traffic.
Stay focused. Don’t let yourself get distracted by your phone or radio.
Assume that drivers don’t see you.
Be a predictable pedestrian. Use crosswalks and avoid jaywalking.
If walking or jogging at night, wear reflective or bright clothing.
Try to make eye contact with drivers to determine their intentions.
Be alert for signs of distracted driving.
Never walk or jog under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The Help of an Attorney for Your Pedestrian Accident Claim
Besides offering a welcome buffer between you and the negligent party’s insurance company, a personal injury attorney who knows his or her way around accident claims will not only guide you through process of bringing a pedestrian accident claim, but he or she will also aggressively advocate for your interests and try to get you the largest possible compensation.
The pedestrian accidents lawyers at Green & Schafle understand how costly and distressing a traffic crash can be. There’s your medical treatment costs, loss of employment, pain and suffering... We want to help. You can count on us to use our skills and experience to advocate for you and seek maximum recovery of your damages.
If you or anyone you know has been the victim of a pedestrian accident, please contact our attorneys immediately for a free consultation toll-free at 1-855-462-3330 or via email by clicking here.