The fact that pedestrians have no protection against the weight and size of motor vehicles means they can easily suffer severe injuries in an accident.
Consulting a lawyer from Berger and Green can help you discover whether you have a claim for compensation against any negligent drivers or third parties involved in your your pedestrian accident in Clearfield.
How a Lawyer with Our Firm Can Help After a Pedestrian Accident
In the aftermath of a pedestrian accident, you may suffer severe injuries that require medical care, rehabilitation, and rest. You likely have enough on your mind without also trying to navigate the maze of insurance claims and medical bills. You also may be unable to work during this challenging time.
Allow a lawyer on our team serving Clearfield to help you with your pedestrian accident case. Doing so can permit you to focus your efforts on your physical and mental recovery. More specifically, one of our lawyers can:
- Investigate the circumstances that led to your accident
- Identify all potentially liable parties
- Assess who is at fault for causing your accident
- Document your medical bills and other losses related to your injuries
- FIle insurance claims or civil court claims on your behalf
Dealing with insurance companies can be challenging, at best. We can negotiate a settlement with the negligent party’s insurer. Together, we can work to achieve the compensation you need to cover the costs of your injuries.
For a free legal consultation with a pedestrian accident lawyer serving Clearfield, call 412-661-1400
Berger and Green Is at Your Service
Berger and Green has successfully represented personal injury clients for more than 40 years. We know how personal injury cases work and what evidence we need to prove your case. We can guide you throughout every step of the claims process to reach the best resolution based on your unique circumstances.
Laurence B. Green, our founding partner, has a long history as a trial attorney representing victims of accidents. The National Trial Lawyers Association has named Mr. Green as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine also has profiled Mr. Green for his accomplishments as a personal injury attorney.
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When You Might Have a Claim for Damages After a Pedestrian Accident
All road users must abide by all road rules and act accordingly to accommodate any changes in the road conditions.
All drivers have a legal duty to drive safely and follow traffic rules for the benefit of others. If a driver is negligent or careless in a way that causes an accident and injures others, that driver could be liable for the resulting injuries.
For instance, a driver might be liable for injuries that others sustain in an accident caused by their decision to:
- Not stop at a red light or stop sign
- Fails to signal a turn
- Speeds through an intersection
All pedestrians must follow similar rules under Pennsylvania law as they navigate sidewalks, intersections, and streets. Pa. C.S.A. § 3541 – 3552 sets forth the rules that pedestrians must follow when they encounter traffic signs or signals and crossroads.
Still, a pedestrian can be negligent in a way that partially contributes to or causes an accident. A pedestrian may bear some negligence for violating the rules of the road that apply to pedestrians if they:
- Suddenly run into the street into the path of a vehicle
- Causes an accident
This situation can shift or alter the liability in any legal cases related to that accident.
Potential Types of Compensation for Your Injuries
Compensation in pedestrian accident cases can vary according to how serious your injuries are and whether they will cause you permanent damage. Examples of common types of compensation in a pedestrian accident claim are:
- Medical bills and injury-related expenses
- Costs of rehabilitation and therapy following medical treatment
- Lost income and wages from inability to work
- Pain and suffering from the trauma of your injuries
The permanency of your injuries can be a big factor in determining the amount of compensation that may be available to you. Important factors in negotiating a settlement include:
- The level of negligence that led to your injuries
- The strength of the evidence showing negligence of other parties
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How Long You Have to File Your Case in Court
Pa. C.S.A. § 5524 establishes how long you have to file a personal injury lawsuit in court in the State of Pennsylvania. Under this section, you generally have two years from the date of your pedestrian accident to file your case in court.
However, there are a few exceptions that may shorten or lengthen the time you have to file your case. So, getting legal advice about your situation can be crucial. If you miss this deadline, you may be unable to get any compensation for your injuries.
Pedestrian Accidents and Injuries That Could Entitle You to Damages
Pedestrian accidents can happen in various ways and cause severe injuries. Some pedestrian accidents routinely occur when a vehicle with a distracted driver strikes a pedestrian who has the right-of-way while crossing a street. Intoxicated drivers also pose a risk to pedestrians.
Injuries can range widely from lacerations and contusions to head injuries and broken bones. Pedestrian accidents lead to fatalities in many cases, simply because pedestrians have no safety features to protect them from the impact of a vehicle. Likewise, permanent injuries are common to pedestrians who suffer injuries when struck by vehicles.
Get Legal Advice After Suffering Injuries in a Pedestrian Accident
If the negligence of another driver or a third-party caused a Clearfield pedestrian accident that led to your injuries, you may have a claim for compensation. You can rely on a lawyer from Berger and Green for help.
Call us at (412) 661-1400 and get a free case consultation today. Don’t pay us until we obtain compensation for you.