Injured Pedestrians Can Get Financial Compensation for Medical Costs and Non-Monetary Factors with an Experienced Philadelphia Lawyer

Pedestrians, drivers, and bikers alike all have to find ways to get to their destinations safely while maneuvering around and being wary of one another. Pedestrians are at the greatest risk for catastrophic injuries if an accident occurs because they are moving the slowest and they are the least protected from harm. Death is also extremely common for pedestrians who are hit by a vehicle. If you have been struck by a vehicle and are suffering from pain and high-cost medical bills, the personal injury lawyers at the Marrone Law Firm can advise you and help you get compensation for your injuries.

Contact our Philadelphia law office for a free consultation about your PA pedestrian accident injury claim!

Most Common Causes Of Pedestrian Accidents In Philadelphia, PA

Pedestrians are often struck by cars while walking within a crosswalk, crossing the road, or walking or jogging near where a car is driving, such as the gutter of a narrow road.

Elderly people over the age of 60, children, and teenagers are at the highest risk of sustaining catastrophic injuries from a pedestrian-related accident. Surprisingly, most injuries and deaths also happen during the day due to higher traffic levels, even though driver visibility is typically reduced at night. Sadly, about half of the pedestrian accidents that result in death of the victim happen between 3:00 and 4:00 PM, which is when children are walking home from school.

It is important to note that although anyone can be at risk for a pedestrian accident, these types of accidents are more prominent in busy urban areas where large vehicles such as SEPTA buses are driving in close proximity to pedestrians. This is a very important thing to be aware of for people who live in the city, especially those living in Center City Philadelphia where pedestrian traffic is heavy and large vehicles and transport systems are very common. Pedestrian accidents are also more prominent on very busy roads around Philadelphia such as Roosevelt Blvd.

Serious Injuries Related to Pedestrian Accidents Occurring in the Greater Philadelphia Area

Due to the lack of protection a pedestrian has while walking near roadways, when they are involved in an accident, the injuries tend to be catastrophic. This is because of the speed, size, and weight of the vehicles compared to the mass of the pedestrian.

The most common severe injuries that Philadelphia pedestrians suffer include:

  • Brain and Spinal Injuries
  • Paralysis (Partial or Full Body)
  • Serious Bone Breaks and Fractures
  • Muscle Tears
  • Scrapes and Cuts of the Flesh
  • Body Mutilations
  • Severe Limb Damage Resulting in Amputation
Examples of Negligence That Results in Accidents Injuring Philadelphia Pedestrians

Different pedestrian accidents involve different types of liable parties, as well as the different negligent behavior that led to the pedestrian accident. Most commonly, the liable party is the driver who hit the pedestrian. Sometimes, however, improperly maintained roadways or negligent behavior from the injured victim are also to blame for the pedestrian accident.

Below is a list of negligent behaviors from three possible liable parties who typically cause pedestrian accidents in PA:

Drivers

  • Driving under the influence or while intoxicated
  • Speeding
  • Trying to beat a yellow light
  • Trying to do a U-turn quickly or making an illegal turn
  • Turning right on red when not allowed
  • Failing to yield right-of-way to pedestrians
  • Inattentive or distracted driving
  • Running red lights or stop signs

Property Owners

  • Roadways not properly maintained
  • Not enough signs or signs not clearly visible
  • Poor design of traffic signals
  • Poor visibility of crosswalks
  • Poor lighting of roadways and other areas
  • Failure to warn pedestrians of inherent dangers

Victims

  • Walking around publicly intoxicated or under the influence of drugs
  • Not following crosswalk signals or signs
  • Dashing suddenly into the road
  • Biking on the side of the road and falling
  • Jaywalking

Please note that a truck company or a driver who works for a ridesharing company like Uber or Lyft can also be liable in a pedestrian-related accident.

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