September 5, 2014

What Causes Pedestrian Accidents?

pedestrian accidentMany people in modern cities use a variety of modes of transportation to get from place to place. Between cars, trolleys, buses, and bicycles, Philadelphians have plenty of options to choose from. Regardless of what type of transportation you use most often, we are all pedestrians at some point. Whether you are walking from your parking lot to your office, or waiting for the bus at a bus stop, during the time you are on foot you are considered a pedestrian. Pedestrians are extremely vulnerable to injuries, and are often placed at risk by a variety of hazards. When these accidents are caused by the negligence of another, victims may be able to recover financial compensation. As a result, anyone injured in a pedestrian accident should be certain to discuss their case with an experienced Philadelphia personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

There are many potential accidents that could result in an injury to an unsuspecting pedestrian. While some pedestrian accidents could be the result of a person’s own clumsiness or carelessness, others may occur because another party was negligent. Some of the more common examples of pedestrian accidents caused by the negligence of others include:

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents – Motor vehicles pose a significant risk of injury to pedestrians, particularly in high traffic areas. These accidents can occur because of driver error or vehicle malfunction, and often occur in crosswalks or near corners.
  • Slip and Fall Accidents – Slip and fall accidents can occur inside or outside, and on public or private property. Issues such as the accumulation of snow or ice, liquid spills, debris on the ground, cracked pavement, or inadequate lighting all may be sufficient to establish legal liability.
  • Falling debris – Falling debris can serious injury a pedestrian. These types of accidents commonly occur at construction sites, but may also occur if a person decides to dispose of waste outside an open window in a residential or office setting.
  • Road or Sidewalk Construction Accidents – Construction zones are inherently dangerous places, and open holes and other hazards should be clearly marked. If they are not, if some other form of negligence causes an injury, victims may be able to recover for their losses.

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