Philadelphia Pedestrian Accident Attorney
At The Levin Firm, we understand that representing pedestrian accident victims requires a particular type of skill and knowledge, as well as the ability to understand the rights of the pedestrian—who is often taken for granted. Our Philadelphia pedestrian accident law firm analyzes which insurance companies are responsible for paying medical bills, wage losses, and pain and suffering. Our Pennsylvania injury lawyers understand that your personal auto insurance carrier, or a relative’s insurance carrier, may be liable for the claim. In other circumstances, your bills and other damages may be the responsibility of the Pennsylvania Financial Responsibility Assigned Claims Plan.
Pedestrian Accidents Are More Common Than You Think
Every nine minutes in the United States, a pedestrian is injured as a result of a pedestrian/motor vehicle crash. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,092 pedestrians died in 2009 as a result of a motor vehicle striking them. That amounts to almost eleven pedestrian deaths per day at the hands of drivers of motor vehicles.
Pedestrian accidents can happen anywhere a person walks near traffic. This can include parking lots, sidewalks, shoulders, crosswalks, other intersections, and more. Pedestrian accidents often happen at night, because pedestrians can be difficult to see in the dark. When walking, people generally do not wear reflective or retroreflective clothing as bicyclists might, and a motorist who is not paying adequate attention can collide with someone who is lawfully walking.
Were you one of the thousands of people who were injured in a pedestrian accident this year? If so, an attorney who knows how to protect your rights should represent you. A pedestrian accident can leave you facing many challenges—but obtaining compensation from the responsible party should not be one of those challenges. The Levin Firm is on the side of accident victims and is here to help.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Except in limited circumstances, pedestrians have the right of way on roads. The vehicle’s driver bears responsibility for yielding to pedestrians who lawfully cross the street. Unfortunately, despite their best efforts to cross at crosswalks and intersections and walk on sidewalks and shoulders, pedestrians are all too frequently struck by negligent, distracted, or drunk drivers who do not properly yield the right of way.
Driver negligence can take many forms in pedestrian crashes, including:
- Texting and driving
- Not paying attention to the road
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Failure to yield
- Fatigued driving
- Failing to signal
- Not having lights on
- Improper passing
While drivers are often to blame for pedestrian accidents, drivers are less likely to sustain injuries due to hitting a pedestrian. Sadly, the innocent pedestrian suffers the most serious injuries in these situations. Cuts, scrapes, and bruises are almost always present. More serious injuries, such as broken bones, concussions, internal bleeding, and even death are all real possibilities.
The Levin Firm, however, fights to recover compensation for the many types of damages to which our clients are entitled, including medical expenses, hospital bills, rehabilitation expenses, lost earnings, future wage losses, lost earning capacity, physical disabilities, scars, losses of limbs, brain and head injuries, emotional distress, depression, anxiety, grief, and pain and suffering. We understand these issues and work with our clients, their friends and family, as well as their doctors, psychologists, long-term care planners, and others, to ensure that our clients receive not only the finest legal representation but also the finest support and medical care.
A significant percentage of pedestrian accidents are hit and run accidents in which the negligent driver flees the scene. In such cases, our legal team can help find any possible solutions for you to receive the compensation you need and deserve for your losses.
Protecting Your Rights After Pedestrian Accidents
An unexpected pedestrian accident can completely shake up your life. One moment, you are walking along your regular route, or even just from your car into a building, and the next moment you may face lifelong struggles. A pedestrian accident victim will almost certainly require medical attention and treatment, and many victims need emergency transportation. The medical costs only begin with the emergency care—victims often have piles of bills from hospitals, surgeons, specialists, physical therapists, home health care, medical equipment, and more.
Medical bills are far from the only losses that a pedestrian accident victim can incur. Common losses include:
- Future medical care – Many serious injuries can require medical treatment for years following an accident. This means that you can keep incurring losses long after you resolve your personal injury claim. Have an expert calculate the estimated costs of any future treatments you need so you can include it in your legal claim.
- Lost pay – Injuries can cause you to miss work for many reasons—for example, to receive treatments or if your injuries make your return to work difficult. Even if you have medical leave, it is often unpaid, and you can lose weeks of income in many situations. This only compounds the issue of medical bills and other expenses.
- Lost future earnings – Some pedestrian injuries cause a victim to suffer permanent impairments or disabilities. These conditions can make your return to work impossible due to new physical or cognitive limitations. This can result in lost earnings during the rest of your life if you are forced to take a lower-paying job.
- Pain and suffering – Many serious injuries can be extremely painful, and constant pain can quickly wear on a person. Some injuries can cause pain every time you participate in certain tasks, or even when you move at all. For many, pain and suffering can result in depression and other emotional issues.
- Mental trauma – Seeing a car coming toward you and hitting you is a traumatic experience in itself, and many victims develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result. In addition, as mentioned above, pain and limitations from injuries can also lead to emotional and mental distress that requires treatments.
- Permanent disability – For people who suffer permanent injuries, their lives will quite literally never be the same. A disability can cause you to relearn how to do almost everything—from household chores to personal care to recreational activities—and you can lose some of the enjoyment of life that you previously had.
No one should have to live with a permanent disability because of another person’s negligence. The law recognizes that seriously injured pedestrians should recover compensation for intangible losses—such as pain and suffering—as well as for financial losses like medical bills and lost income.
At The Levin Firm, we understand the full range of losses that you can experience after a serious accident, and we stand up for your rights to recover compensation for all of it. You have different ways to recover compensation for your losses, and we will explore every option to resolve your case in the most efficient manner we can.
Some pedestrians may obtain compensation through a claim with the negligent driver’s insurance coverage. However, insurance policies have limits, and the costs of a devastating pedestrian injury can easily exceed such coverage. Our personal injury attorney, however, will negotiate the largest possible settlement under the policy and will identify when even the maximum payment will not cover your losses.
If the insurance in your case is not sufficient to cover the cost of your injuries, the next step to seek financial recovery is to file a claim in civil court. This claim will be for personal injury (or wrongful death in the event of a fatal pedestrian accident), and many rules apply to the lawsuit process. The Levin Firm has significant litigation experience and will handle each step of your case with knowledge and skill. We will work to reach a favorable settlement agreement as soon as possible, but will never push you to accept any amount that is less than that to which you are entitled. While most pedestrian accident cases settle out of court, some do not, and we are ready and willing to protect your rights at trial when necessary.
Contact A Philadelphia Pedestrian Accident Lawyer For Help Today
Representing pedestrian accident victims requires a team of aggressive investigators and lawyers all devoting their maximum efforts to their clients. At The Levin Firm, our Pennsylvania, and New Jersey personal injury attorneys investigate every claim so that we may aggressively and zealously represent our clients and obtain the best possible results.
When you need a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, or New Jersey personal injury attorney to represent you, a family member, or a friend who has suffered a pedestrian accident injury, call The Levin Firm at (215) 825-5183 or contact us online.