Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Philadelphia
Philadelphia is one of the nation’s most walkable cities. Many residents in Philadelphia walk to work, to school or to run their daily errands. Pedestrians have a right to use the public streets and must follow certain legal responsibilities when they do. If you are an avid Philadelphia walker, you are well aware of the risks of being injured by a motor vehicle when crossing a street. From the time we are able to walk, we learn the notorious phrase “stop, look and listen” before crossing a street. Unfortunately, even when pedestrians follow these safety measures and cross in a designated crosswalk, an accident can still occur.
A vehicle striking someone walking or riding a bike is a nightmare scenario, and one which none of us can ever anticipate. If you or a loved one has been struck by a car, Truck, or bus, you are almost certainly dealing with tremendous hardship and financial worries, and pressing questions. How will you pay the staggering medical costs? How will you cope with a long-term or permanent disability?
As soon as possible after a pedestrian or bicycle accident caused by someone’s negligence, you need to contact a lawyer. Our attorneys offer representation with strong experience in Personal Injury litigation and insurance claims. Attorneys at The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., have a track record of both obtaining sizeable settlements through aggressive negotiation and achieving positive outcomes at trial. We offer a free consultation focused on your case, and your needs.
Advocates for Your Future after an Injury or Wrongful Death in Your Family
After a devastating pedestrian accident, it can be very difficult to know what to do. If the victim has survived, he or she may be unable to travel or communicate – and what happened may not be absolutely clear. You can turn to us for personal service and valuable guidance directed towards assisting you in protecting your future, and supporting your family.
We are prepared to take action that helps you recover money for medical bills, lost wages, and other consequences of the accident when you must cope with issues such as:
- Wrongful Death in a pedestrian, Bicycle, or other roadway accident
- Severe, long-term injuries, including brain injuries, paralysis or other Spinal Cord Injuries, internal injuries, Limb Loss, and fractures
- Inability to work and support yourself and your family – or the loss of income from someone you depended on for this support
Experienced Representation after Any Type of Pedestrian Accident
We will investigate fully, and provide caring counsel with your best interests in mind. Our approach is based on our decades of experience in representing victims of Auto Accidents, including those involving SEPTA Buses and other mass transit vehicles. We also represent victims of Slip-and-Fall Injuries and other injury-causing events.
Contact us, and you can count on aggressive, practical representation. We have lawyers fluent in Spanish, Russian, Polish, and Ukrainian, all capable and prepared to help the people in the communities we serve.
A pedestrian is killed after colliding with a motor vehicle every 1.5 hours in our nation, while pedestrian injuries occur approximately every 8 minutes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Many car-pedestrian accidents in Pennsylvania are caused by distracted drivers who send or read text messages on their cell phones.
Fact: Sending or reading a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for 5 seconds, which, at 55 mph, is the same as driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed, according to the NHTSA.
But not all pedestrian accidents are a result of distracted driving. Regardless of what caused your pedestrian injury, you may have a right to pursue a personal injury claim with the help of a Philadelphia Pedestrian Accident Attorney from The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C.
While getting around a city on foot can be a pleasant experience, especially in good weather, there is a heightened risk of being hit by a motor vehicle because not all motorists in Philadelphia safely operate their vehicles.
Is a Motorist Always at Fault for a Pedestrian Accident in or Near a Crosswalk?
In Pennsylvania, a motorist is not always the one to blame for causing a pedestrian accident when the pedestrian is in or near a crosswalk:
- When there are no traffic-control signals or they are not operational, the motorist must yield to a pedestrian crossing within marked or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.
- A pedestrian is prohibited from suddenly leaving a curb or other place of safety to cross the roadway.
- When a motor vehicle stops at a crosswalk to yield the right of way to a pedestrian crossing the road, the drivers of other vehicles approaching from behind are prohibited from overtaking the stopped vehicle.
What Compensation is Available After a Pedestrian Accident Caused by an Uninsured/Underinsured Driver?
If you or your loved one was hit by an uninsured or underinsured driver in Philadelphia or elsewhere in Pennsylvania, a Philadelphia Pedestrian Accident Lawyer can help you pursue compensation through your own auto insurance coverage, if you have purchased one.
Since many pedestrians do not have a car – and thus do not have auto insurance coverage – this option might not be applicable. Pennsylvania is a no-fault state, which means your health insurance is required to pay for your medical expenses and some other damages if you were injured in a hit-and-run accident or the other party is uninsured or underinsured.
Can a Pedestrian Still Recover Damages if He or She Was Partly at Fault?
If you were jaywalking, crossing against a red traffic signal, entering a street or highway while intoxicated or were otherwise negligent in your car-pedestrian accident, you may be wondering if you can still recover damages.
First of all, it is vital to consult with a Philadelphia Pedestrian Accident Lawyer in order to establish fault and determine the percentage of your fault and the fault of the other party involved. Pennsylvania is one of the modified comparative negligence states, which means you cannot be more than 50% at fault for the pedestrian accident if you want to seek compensation for your injury.
How Much Time Do I Have to Sue a Driver After a Pedestrian Accident in Pennsylvania?
Pennsylvania, like many other states, imposes the two-year statute of limitations for personal injury cases stemming from pedestrian crashes unless you are taking legal action against a government or public entity. In that case, the victim only has six months from the date of the accident to pursue a claim.
Our Philadelphia Pedestrian Accident Lawyer explains that the city of Philadelphia or any other government entity in Pennsylvania can be held liable for your pedestrian accident in the following types of accidents:
- Malfunctioning traffic signals.
- Missing Stop Signs.
- Faded paint on the crosswalk.
- Defective design of the intersection.
- Inadequate or lack of lighting and
- Uneven sidewalks.
Speak to our Pedestrian Accident Lawyers from The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., to establish liable parties in your case. Schedule a Free Consultation by calling our Pennsylvania offices at 215-673-7733.
This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.