Pedestrian Accident Due to Somebody Else’s Negligence
If you were seriously hurt in a pedestrian accident due to somebody else’s negligence, the personal injury attorneys at Berger and Green can help you go after the money you deserve for your medical bills and your pain and suffering. Many times the unfortunate victim of a traffic accident turns out to be an innocent pedestrian. Sadly, the victim is often a small child, usually between the ages of 5 and 9, or an elderly person. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, in 2006 4,569 pedestrians were injured in traffic accidents; of these, 170 resulted in the death of a pedestrian. Pedestrian must obey all traffic laws and use caution when walking near and through traffic. For maximum safety, a person should always cross at designated sidewalks whenever possible, avoid walking at night or while wearing dark clothing and be aware that not all drivers will give them the right-of-way.
However, motorists are a major cause of pedestrian accidents and must drive with greater care, especially through areas with high pedestrian traffic. Many vehicle-pedestrian accidents are the result of a negligent driver that either disregarded the speed limit or a traffic signal, was distracted by the sun or a cell phone, or was driving while intoxicated. These drivers do not see the pedestrian until it is too late.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident, do not immediately assume that the accident was your fault. Contact Berger and Green to find out about your rights to money that can cover your medical bills and wage loss and also compensate your for your pain and suffering.
At Berger and Green, our Personal Injury attorneys will fight to win the maximum settlement for your injuries from insurance companies that may try to convince you to settle for the lowest possible amount.
The Personal Injury attorneys at Berger and Green accept pedestrian accident cases on an affordable, contingent-fee basis, which means that you will not pay us any money if we do not win your case. Injured in a pedestrian accident and unsure whether you have a claim? Contact a Pennsylvania pedestrian accident attorney at our Pittsburgh office at (412) 661-1400 for a FREE EVALUATION . Let Berger and Green help you go after the compensation you deserve.
For a free legal consultation with a pedestrian accident lawyer serving Pittsburgh, call 412-661-1400
Pittsburgh Pedestrian Accident FAQs
Following a pedestrian accident, you likely feel overwhelmed and lost. It isn’t easy to know what to do next, and we understand that. But for all your accident-related questions, our Pittsburgh pedestrian accident attorneys have answers.
What Are the Main Causes of Pedestrian Accidents?
When a motor vehicle collides with a pedestrian, the results can be devastating. Pedestrians don’t have the same protections afforded to motorists that vehicles provide. However, more often than not, motorists are the ones liable for pedestrian accidents, and they can happen in a variety of ways.
Unfortunately, many drivers act negligently while behind the wheel. Reckless behaviors that result in pedestrian accidents occur due to:
- Failing to yield the right of way at crosswalks
- Not looking both ways at intersections before turning
- Distracted driving, like texting behind the wheel
- Driving under the influence
Other times, there could be issues unrelated to motorists, such as crosswalk design defects, faulty stoplight and crosswalk systems, or even faulty brakes on a vehicle. Winding roads with limited visibility can also cause pedestrian accidents. These are more typical in rural areas, despite urban areas having much higher pedestrian traffic.
How Much Compensation Can I Get in a Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit?
Because each circumstance is unique, and no two cases are alike, it can be difficult to tell a client how much compensation they can recover too early in the case. There is no average settlement for pedestrian accidents to refer to. Also, settlements are often kept confidential, so that information isn’t publicly available.
However, a pedestrian accident lawyer can work to determine the facts of your specific case, gather evidence, prove negligence, and calculate the extent of your injuries to obtain the value of your claim. With multiple variables to consider, you could pursue compensation based on the severity of your injuries, the degree of fault, and any possible third-party involvement.