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For more than 60 years, the pedestrian accident lawyers at Munley Law have represented pedestrian accident victims and their families across Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. Our lawyers have earned designation among the Best Lawyers in America and among the nation’s Best Law Firms in recognition of their extensive experience and record of success. If you or someone you love were hit by a car or other motor vehicle, contact us for a free consultation. We do not collect a fee unless we win your case.
We understand your concerns and are ready to do whatever it takes to make sure you are properly compensated for your injuries or the loss of your loved one. Our award-winning team of lawyers won’t rest until you get the justice you deserve for your accident. See our testimonials to learn what our clients and peers have to say about Munley Law.
How Pedestrian Accidents Happen
When drivers don’t watch the road carefully, the results can be devastating, especially for pedestrians. Here are a few common causes of pedestrian-car accidents:
- The driver wasn’t paying attention or was distracted by a cellphone
- Design defects in crosswalk locations, including failure to consider upstream and downstream traffic flows
- Motor vehicles and bikes not yielding for pedestrians at crosswalks
- Turning at intersections without looking both ways
- Failure to follow posted speed limits
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Urban areas have a much higher number of pedestrian accidents than rural areas, but many horrific accidents can happen on country roads. Winding roads with limited visibility and high speeds create the perfect environment for a serious crash.
Could it Be a Problem with the Crosswalk?
There are times when the driver may not be the only cause of a pedestrian accident. Crosswalk location and road design can also contribute to a pedestrian accident. Those who design and maintain public crosswalks have a duty to consider pedestrian safety. If they fail to do so, and the crosswalk itself is unsafe, then those responsible can also be held accountable. Potential defendants in crosswalk location negligence may include but are not limited to engineering firms and governmental agencies. If you’ve been injured while crossing the street, let a pedestrian accident lawyer at our firm help you determine who is at fault.
When you hire Munley Law, we will send investigators to the scene of your accident to examine the location and preserve evidence. We utilize top engineering experts and accident reconstructionists to build a winning case for you. Take the first step in hiring a Munley Law pedestrian accident lawyer to win big for you. Schedule your FREE consultation today!
Pedestrians Hit By Cars Can Suffer Serious Injuries
Pedestrian accidents are often catastrophic because the human body simply cannot withstand the damage caused by a collision with a vehicle. The impact of being hit with thousands of pounds of metal can cause severe injuries, including:
- Deep cuts (lacerations) and bruises (contusions), including damage to major organs
- Head injuries, including concussion and more severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) or coma
- Dental or facial injuries, which may include eye injuries and loss of vision
- Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis or other loss of function
- Orthopedic injuries, including broken bones or damage to other parts of the musculo-skeletal system
Pedestrian Accidents FAQ
Q: How common are pedestrian accidents?
According to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of pedestrian accident deaths is on the rise. The NHTSA reports that last year, 6,283 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes.
Q: How can you prevent a pedestrian accident?
Pedestrian safety is a shared responsibility between walkers and drivers.
The NHTSA recommends that pedestrians take these safety measures
- Be a predictable walker by following the rules of the road and obeying traffic signs and signals
- Use sidewalks whenever they are available
- If there is no sidewalk, walk facing oncoming traffic and maintain as much distance as possible
- Be alert at all times. Don’t use electronic devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road while you are walking
- Always cross streets at crosswalks or intersections. This is where drivers expect pedestrians to be. Look for cars in all directions. Be especially mindful of turning vehicles
- If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, cross in an illuminated area where you have the best view of traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows enough time to cross safely and continue to monitor traffic as you cross
- Never assume that a driver sees you. Try to make eye contact with oncoming drivers as they approach to make sure they see you
- Make yourself as visible as possible by wearing bright clothing during the day and reflective materials or a flashlight at night
- Pay special attention watching for cars pulling in or out of a driveway, backing up, parking, or navigating parking lots
- Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking as they impair your sensory abilities and your judgment
Likewise, the NHTSA recommends the following safety measures that drivers should take in order to avoid colliding with walking pedestrians
- Always be watching for pedestrians and remember that safety is a shared responsibility
- When driving in dark, poor weather, or otherwise hard-to-see conditions, use extra precautions and slow down
- Be prepared to stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk, even if you do not immediately see a pedestrian
- Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks
- Stop your car well in advance of arriving at the cross-walk to give other vehicles an opportunity to see the crossing pedestrians and stop
- Never pass another vehicle stopped at a crosswalk. There may be people crossing that are not visible to you
- Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Follow posted speed limits, especially in areas where there are frequently pedestrians walking
- Adhere to slower speed limits in school zones and in neighborhoods where children are present or may be playing in the street
- Be extra cautious when driving in reverse as pedestrians may move into your path
Contact a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Today
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, get the justice you deserve. You have a right to seek compensation for your medical expenses and other losses. The pedestrian accident lawyers of Munley Law represent accident victims throughout the country. Since 1959, we have helped residents of Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey pursue personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.