If a careless, reckless, or distracted driver hits a pedestrian, Pennsylvania law allows the pedestrian or their family to hold the driver accountable.
A pedestrian accident lawyer in Scranton at Munley Law can help you understand your options for getting the money you need to cover your accident-related expenses and losses. We offer no-cost consultations and handle these cases on a contingency basis. This means you do not pay us anything until we recover compensation for you. Call us today at (855) 866-5529 to schedule a free case review with a member of our Scranton team.
Pedestrian Accidents in Scranton
According to The Times-Tribune in Scranton, data for the period of 2012 through 2015 shows an average of about 54 pedestrian accidents per year. As noted by the Times-Tribune, that means Scranton has roughly one pedestrian accident per week on average over the course of the year. In 2016 there were 91 pedestrian accident injuries and 5 pedestrian accident fatalities in Lackawanna County.
Scranton’s city council has worked hard to address the topic of pedestrian accidents. The article cited above stated that the city spent $5.6 million on upgraded signal systems. Nevertheless, pedestrians continue to suffer injuries in Scranton.
While each case is different, some of the most common forms of driver negligence leading to pedestrian accidents are:
- Speeding, failure to yield, and other common violations
- Carelessness or failure to pay reasonable attention to surroundings
- Failure to use caution in an area where pedestrians are commonly found
- Distracted driving, such as changing the radio station, eating, talking to passengers, texting or talking on the phone
- Driving drunk or under the influence of drugs
If you enlist our help with your pedestrian accident case, we will gather evidence, call in accident reconstruction experts, and analyze all the facts of your case to understand exactly how your accident occurred. If we uncover one of these common causes or another cause tied to the negligence of the at-fault driver, we will pursue compensation on your behalf.
Damages Available in a Scranton Pedestrian Accident Injury Case
The compensation available in a pedestrian accident injury claim varies based on the severity of your injuries and the damages you suffered. Some of the most common types of damages we collect for our clients include:
- Medical treatment costs
- Therapy and rehabilitation
- Ongoing care costs
- Lost wages
- Lost future income
- Repair or replacement of personal property
- Out-of-pocket costs
- Non-economic damages (e.g., pain and suffering, mental anguish, emotional damages, etc.)
If your loved one died in the accident, you may be entitled to compensation for funeral and burial damages, emotional damages (e.g., loss of consortium, loss of guidance), and loss of services (e.g., childcare).
While some people choose to try to file accident claims on their own, we encourage you to run any offers from the insurance company by us before you sign. They may offer you a payout, but we often find that we can uncover potential damages they did not include in your settlement. We can ensure you do not leave thousands of dollars unclaimed when you negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company.
How We Recover Money for You After a Scranton Pedestrian Accident Cases
Recovering damages in a lawsuit will require your attorney to establish fault and prove negligence. The most obvious forms of driver fault might involve running a red light or losing control of the vehicle. However, in some cases, multiple parties could share fault.
For example, in a case where one driver broadsides another car causing the second driver to lose control and strike a pedestrian, most of the fault might lie with the first driver. But what if it was found that the second driver was intoxicated? Perhaps it could be shown that the second driver’s intoxication also played a role in causing the injury.
Each and every case develops differently. However, regardless of the details of the case, to prove negligence, we need to show four different elements:
- The driver had an obligation to follow certain rules of the road, act reasonably, and follow traffic laws.
- The driver failed to uphold this obligation, breaking laws or acting carelessly.
- This failure caused your accident and your injuries.
- You suffered injuries as well as financial damages.
If we can collect evidence to prove the elements of negligence, we can use it to hold the driver financially accountable for your damages. This is possible through an insurance claim with the at-fault driver’s auto insurance liability policy; or a personal injury lawsuit.
We will look into your case to determine the best way to recover the compensation you need; in most cases, we begin by filing a claim with the at-fault driver’s liability insurance provider. Often, we can negotiate a fair settlement with the insurer without having to take your case to court.
It is important to note, though, that investigating this type of accident and proving a case based on driver negligence is complex. We investigate the cause of every pedestrian accident we handle and help you understand how the law will affect your case.
We will fight for the full value you deserve based on the details we uncover in your case. This includes managing all communication with the insurance company, protecting your right to compensation, and navigating the process on your behalf so you can focus solely on your physical recovery from your injuries.
We will also identify and collect all documentation of your damages. This includes all receipts, bills, and other paperwork. This will allow us to bolster our demand letter to the insurance company with information about the full value of your losses.
Reach Out to a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer in Scranton About Your Case
The pedestrian accident team at Munley Law can help you understand the strength of your case against the driver who caused your accident injuries and other damages. If we believe there is enough evidence to show he acted negligently and to hold him liable in your pedestrian accident, we will handle this process for you, fighting to recover the compensation you deserve.
Call us today at (855) 866-5529 to get started with a free consultation.