If You Have Been Injured or Lost a Loved One, Contact a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer at Munley Law Today
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.
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Getting into any type of car accident can be a scary experience, especially if it doubles as a pedestrian accident. Chances are you will be facing a long recovery time. With medical bills and no income, victims of pedestrian accidents may be in severe financial debt. Pedestrian accident attorneys can help you fight the insurance companies and get the maximum amount of compensation that you deserve for your pedestrian accident lawsuit.
At Munley Law, our pedestrian accident lawyers 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 pedestrian accident victims get the justice they deserve. See our testimonials to learn what our clients and peers have to say about Munley Law and our car accident and pedestrian accident attorneys.
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 in car accident or pedestrian accident cases unless we win your pedestrian accident case.
What Are The Main Causes of Pedestrian Accidents?
When drivers don’t watch the road carefully, the results can be devastating, especially for pedestrians. But what are the main causes of pedestrian accidents? It usually boils down to negligent drivers acting recklessly, such as:
- Distracted driving or texting behind the wheel
- Motor vehicles and bikes not yielding for pedestrians at crosswalks
- Turning at intersections without looking both ways
- Driving too fast to be able to safely stop in time
- Failure to follow posted speed limits
- Drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs
- Design defects in crosswalk locations, including failure to consider upstream and downstream traffic flows
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 car accident involving a pedestrian, resulting in serious injuries.
Could it Be a Problem with the Crosswalk?
According to the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code (Title 75), vehicle drivers must yield the right of way to a pedestrian when crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection. But what if there is an issue with the crosswalk?
There are times when the driver may not be the only cause of a car accident or 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 for a pedestrian accident. 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 personal injury attorneys law firm help you determine who is at fault.
When you hire a pedestrian accident lawyer from 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 pedestrian accident case for you. Take the first step in hiring a Munley Law accident lawyer to win big for you. Schedule your FREE consultation today!
Are Pedestrian Accidents Common?
According to the Pennslyvania Department of Transportation, pedestrian-related crashes represent 2.7% of all total reported traffic crashes in 2020. However, pedestrian accidents do account for 12.9% of all traffic crash fatalities during the same time period.
When looking at the past five years, pedestrian fatalities have fluctuated — from a high of 201 in 2018 to a low of 146 in 2020. Most of the pedestrian accidents occur when person is crossing in a specified location, such as a crosswalk, followed by walking, jogging, or playing.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a pedestrian was killed every 85 minutes in traffic accidents in the U.S. in 2019. This equals to approximately 6,205 pedestrians had died in traffic accidents in 2019.
What Injuries Do Pedestrians Suffer in Car Accidents?
Pedestrian accidents are often catastrophic because the human body simply cannot withstand the damage caused by a collision with a motor vehicle. The impact of being hit with thousands of pounds of metal can cause a serious injury, including:
- Deep cuts (lacerations) and bruises (contusions), including damage to major organs
- Head injuries, including concussion and more severe traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- 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 musculoskeletal system
Is It Worth Getting a Pedestrian Accident Attorney?
Getting into an accident is never a picnic. But the hardest part of the accident is what comes after. Dealing with the insurance company, recovering from a severe injury, taking time off of work, and even handling estate matters can be stressful and confusing. After any type of motor vehicle accident, you may be wondering if it’s even worth the hassle of getting a pedestrian accident attorney.
But it’s because of all these reasons that you need an experienced personal injury law firm by your side to help you with your pedestrian accident claim. Not only can Munley Law protect your claim, but we can give victims of pedestrian accidents the help they need when facing the insurance companies.
Here are a few ways a pedestrian accident lawyer can help you with your case:
Figuring Out the Total Loss
Motor vehicle accidents are costly. Not only do you have to take into account the immediate bills, but you also have to worry about future expenses, such as long-term medical care. Yes, you may be facing a huge amount of debt currently, and a quick settlement can take care of it now, but by settling now, you will be expected to pay out of pocket any future bills that come up.
Speaking With the Insurance Company
Even if it’s clear who is responsible for your pedestrian accident, the insurance company will try everything it can to not give you a fair settlement. To recover compensation, you need the help of an experienced car accident lawyer to negotiate with the insurance company and fight on your behalf to get a fair settlement. And if a settlement cannot be reached, only experienced personal injury attorneys, like a trial lawyer or pedestrian accident attorney from Munley Law can get you a pedestrian accident victory in the courtroom.
Pedestrian Accident FAQs
Q: What is Pedestrian Negligence?
A: If a person acts in a reckless or careless manner, they could be held at fault for the pedestrian accident. For example, if a runner runs out in front of a vehicle without looking both ways and not at a crosswalk, that runner may have committed pedestrian negligence.
Q: What Happens if a Pedestrian Caused an Accident?
A: Just like an at-fault driver, if the reason a pedestrian was hit by a car in a pedestrian accident, they may be responsible for the driver’s damages. This may include not only property damage and medical expenses but pain and suffering and lost wages. Even if the pedestrian has been injured, they may still be held liable.
Q: Who Pays the Medical Bills After a Car Accident Involving a Pedestrian?
A: Under Pennsylvania law, if you were a pedestrian injured or hit by a car in a motor vehicle accident, you may seek medical coverage by filing for a Personal Injury Protection, or PIP claim. This means if you have car insurance, you can file a claim under your own policy. However, if you don’t have insurance or are not covered on someone else’s policy, the vehicle owner involved in the pedestrian accident will cover the claim. It’s important to note that limited tort restrictions do not apply to pedestrians.
Q: What is Bodily Injury Liability Coverage?
A: In Pennsylvania, every car owner must have bodily injury liability coverage on their car insurance policy. This coverage applies to any injuries to the pedestrian that’s caused by the insured driver. The minimum amount for bodily injury liability coverage is $15,000/person and a maximum of $30,000/accident.
Q: How Much Time Do I Have to File a Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit?
A: The statute of limitations for pedestrian-involved accidents varies from state to state. In Pennsylvania, for example, you have two years from the date of the pedestrian accident to file a pedestrian accident claim. Although two years may seem like a long time, the longer you wait to file a lawsuit, the harder it will be to reach a successful outcome.
How Can I Prevent Getting into a Car Accident with a Pedestrian?
Pedestrian safety is a shared responsibility between walkers and drivers. The NHTSA recommends that pedestrians take these safety measures to avoid pedestrian accident injuries:
- 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, and therefore any pedestrian accident lawsuits:
- 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 pedestrian accident injuries, including 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 (Philadelphia, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, and many more), New York, and New Jersey pursue personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.
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