Pedestrian Accident Claims
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that an average of 59,000 pedestrian accidents result in serious personal injury every year, with an additional 4,000 resulting in wrongful death. Over 72% of these accidents occur in urban areas, making residents in the densely-populated states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey at a much higher risk of sustaining a serious injury while walking.
When you are hit by a motor vehicle, the consequences can be devastating. Pedestrians are at a much higher risk for catastrophic injury during these accidents. In many cases, these injuries are impossible to fully recover from. These facts are particularly troubling for our youth, who often use walking or bicycling as their primary form of transportation to and from school. In fact, nearly 40% of youth fatalities in pedestrian accidents occur between 3pm and 7pm. If you or a loved one was the victim of a pedestrian accident, an experience personal injury lawyer in Philadelphia can make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Establishing Liability in Pedestrian Accidents
In a pedestrian accident, determining liability can be complicated. If a pedestrian was in a crosswalk, or crossing on a walk signal, it can be relatively simple for a Philadelphia car accident attorney to establish liability. However, many of these cases involve pedestrians crossing against traffic, or walking outside of established pedestrian areas.
If a driver is speeding or not paying adequate attention to the road, you may have a right to file a lawsuit even if you are partially to blame for your accident. Furthermore, if your accident resulted in serious injury and you were partially to blame, you may be entitled to file a claim that considers contributory negligence. In these cases, the percentage you were responsible for an accident will be subtracted from your total settlement.
You should not attempt to establish negligence on your own. Only an experienced pedestrian accident attorney in Pennsylvania is qualified to investigate your accident and determine fault. When you contact the Philadelphia accident attorneys at Wapner, Newman, Wigrizer, Brecher & Miller for representation, our car accident lawyers in Philadelphia will conduct a thorough investigation to make sure you receive the full amount of compensation you are due.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, please contact Wapner, Newman, Wigrizer, Brecher & Miller today schedule a free initial consultation with a car accident attorney in Philadelphia. Our firm has offices in Philadelphia, West Conshohocken, Allentown, and Marlton.