Pedestrian Accidents in Philly
In 2009, 37 pedestrians were involved in fatal accidents in Philadelphia alone. In the U.S., 4,109 people were killed in 2009, and there were 4,280 traffic related pedestrian fatalities in 2010, 4% more than the previous year. The vast majority of accidents occur at night, when the pedestrian is not crossing at the intersection, and in urban areas, such as Philadelphia.
If you were hurt in a pedestrian accident, or a loved one was killed, statistics aren’t the first thing on your mind. We’re so sorry for your loss or injury, and we’re committed to getting you the compensation you deserve, so you can pay for the expenses that will arise, like hospital bills.
Pedestrian Accident Injuries
A pedestrian accident can often mean head injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones and lacerations, as well as death. All of these present a significant expense to victims and their families, and a pedestrian accident lawyer can help assure that victims are getting the compensation they deserve, and in cases of hit and run drivers, intoxicated, or otherwise impaired drivers special attention is granted to assure that both civil and criminal cases are pursued.
In order to receive the best possible representation, it is important that your pedestrian accident lawyer gets involved as soon as possible any time there is an injury. Collect as much information as you can when the accident happens, including whether you noticed that a driver was using a cell phone at the time of the accident. A driver’s regular auto insurance might cover some expenses, but it may also leave many things out of the equation, including long term suffering or future injuries that become more likely after an initial injury. There may also be limits on compensation for lost wages or future earning potential.
Criminal charges against a reckless driver also fall short when it comes to making sure victims and their families are taken care of. These charges, while they can give victims and their families some peace of mind, are mainly designed to seek justice for any crime that may have been committed against society, and to take steps that will hopefully prevent another accident. Evidence discovered in a criminal case can certainly be used, but it may only truly help a victim when it is examined by a pedestrian accident lawyer.
Safety Tips to Avoid Pedestrian Accidents
The best reaction to a pedestrian accident is to avoid them, and pedestrians, as well as drivers need to do their part. Stay on the side of the road, and whenever possible, use the sidewalk. Pedestrians should never walk on a limited access highway that is designated as a no pedestrian zone. They should cross the street at designated crosswalks during the appropriate times, rather than between intersections is also important not only for your own safety, but as a way to set an example for children who may come to believe that there are no rules to follow.
Young children should be well supervised when playing in a yard with easy access to the street, and they should be reminded frequently to look both ways before crossing the street, even when there is a walk signal. They should also be reminded never to go into the street after a pet or a toy. Similarly, a parent should not put themselves at risk by darting after a child. And since most pedestrian accidents occur at night, it’s important to wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight when out at night,
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, don’t wait to seek legal advice. An attorney can go over the specifics of your accident so you can receive the compensation you deserve.