Representing Pedestrian Accident Victims in Pennsylvania
In Pennsylvania, pedestrian death has been on the rise. More than 150 pedestrians have been killed each year for the past five years. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation expects this number to continue to rise. The city of Philadelphia is taking the issue of pedestrian fatalities seriously. Philadelphia was recently awarded federal grant money to fund public awareness programs to combat the problem and educate the public that everyone is a pedestrian at one time or another.
One of the big problems in terms of pedestrian fatalities in Philadelphia is traffic congestion. Vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians all use crowded streets thereby creating an environment in which there is a high risk for accidents. On average, five people are hit by a vehicle in Philadelphia every 24 hours. Aside from high levels of congestion, traffic and pedestrian safety advocates point to a rise in both distracted driving and distracted walking due to the use of personal, mobile devices.
Irresponsible Drivers Cause the Majority of Pedestrian Accidents
Sometimes pedestrians are involved in accidents with a motor vehicle due to fault of their own; however, most accidents are caused by some sort of irresponsible behavior or negligence on the part of the driver. Distracted driving, drowsy driving, speeding and drunk driving are common causes for pedestrian-involved accidents. Road rage, aggression, and failure to obey traffic laws are other causes.
The Severity of Pedestrian Accident Injuries
While car accidents can cause injuries to all parties involved, a pedestrian who is involved in a collision with a car can suffer from devastating injuries ranging from broken bones, to internal bleeding and traumatic brain injury. Often, the accident causes damages that require a lengthy recovery time. Long-term hospitalization and rehabilitation can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Sometimes, the accident is so severe, the pedestrian victim is fatally injured, whereas the driver of the instigating vehicle is protected from such catastrophe by the protective bubble of their vehicle.
Pedestrians who have been involved in an accident with a motor vehicle should know their rights. If negligence on the part of the driver caused the accident, victims may be able to file lawsuits for financial compensation. Monetary awards can be used to pay for medical bills and lost wages as well as, in some cases, pain and suffering.
Tips for Drivers Involved in Pedestrian Accidents
The aftermath of a pedestrian car accident can be extremely emotional. No matter the speed of the vehicle, any crash can cause serious damage to the pedestrian. Drivers who accidentally strike or collide with a pedestrian should be prepared to handle the situation too. Drivers should familiarize themselves with:
- Driving defensively to avoid accidents
- Pennsylvania Fault Laws
- Compensation payouts for specific damages
Staying calm after a car accident involving a pedestrian is extremely important. A calm driver can assess the situation and be of assistance rather than a hindrance. If an accident does occur, the first thing to do is assess any injured people and get them to safety. CPR may be necessary, but drivers should leave medical treatment to medical professionals. After everyone is safe, the driver should call 911 and the insurance companies and contact information must be exchanged.
Philadelphia Pedestrian Accident Lawyers at DiTomaso Law Advocate for Victims of Pedestrian Accidents without High Legal Fees
Philadelphia pedestrian accident lawyers at DiTomaso Law have the skill and knowledge to represents victims of all types of pedestrian accidents in Philadelphia. With years of experience on our side, we are committed to fighting for your rights to get you both the justice and the financial compensation you deserve. Call us today toll-free at 215-426-4493 or contact us online for quality legal counsel and to schedule your free confidential consultation with a Philadelphia pedestrian accident lawyer in our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or Cherry Hill, New Jersey offices.