If you were struck by a car, truck, or bus as a pedestrian in Wilkes-Barre, don’t give up your legal rights. Call a Wilkes-Barre pedestrian accident attorney at Munley Law for a free consultation.
Wilkes-Barre recently spent more than $1 million in grant funding for repairing sidewalks and adding more infrastructure, such as streetlights, to promote pedestrian safety, according to the Citizen’s Voice. Still, pedestrian accidents are far too common. Statewide, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reported 172 pedestrian deaths and more than 4,200 injuries in pedestrian accidents during 2016.
Many of these injuries and fatalities likely occurred because distracted or careless motorists failed to follow traffic laws, yield to pedestrians, or pay close enough attention when sharing the road with pedestrians. If a negligent driver caused your pedestrian accident and injuries, a pedestrian accident lawyer in Wilkes-Barre can help you hold that negligent driver liable.
At Munley Law, our pedestrian accidents team can explain the strength of your case and help you understand the options you have for recovering the money you need. Our case reviews are always free, and we charge no fees unless we recover compensation on your behalf. Learn what some of our past clients have to say about their experience with Munley Law.
Call a Wilkes-Barre pedestrian accident lawyer today at (855) 866-5529 to talk about your case.
Collecting Damages from a Wilkes-Barre Pedestrian Accident Case
The compensation you can recover if we prove your insurance claim or win your pedestrian accident lawsuit varies based on your actual damages. Our accident attorneys can help you understand the possible range of your settlement after we conduct our investigation into your accident and collect the evidence to prove your losses and expenses.
In general, some of the types of damages that could be available to you include:
- Medical care and related treatment expenses
- Ongoing care costs
- Lost wages and loss of earning capacity
- Repair or replacement of personal property
- Any related out-of-pocket costs
- Pain and suffering damages
We fight to get you the full compensation available to you based on the facts of your pedestrian accident case. We encourage you to talk to one of our injury attorneys before you reach an agreement with the insurance company.
Often, we find that insurance companies will take advantage of people who try to handle this type of claim on their own. Without years of experience handling accident claims, you may overlook expenses or losses or be outmatched by their negotiators. We can help you understand the full value of your case and will fight for a fair settlement on your behalf.
Filing a Claim and Recovering Compensation After Wilkes-Barre Pedestrian Accidents
In general, there are two ways we can recover the compensation due to you after a Wilkes-Barre pedestrian crash caused by a careless motorist:
- An insurance claim based on the motorist’s auto insurance liability policy; or
- A personal injury lawsuit filed against the motorist in a Pennsylvania civil court
Typically, we begin by filing a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company, and only resort to litigation when necessary to recover the payout you deserve. However, we will look closely at the details of your case to ensure this is the best option based on the specific details of your accident.
Before we can pursue either option and recover compensation, we need to prove your case. This requires us to launch an investigation with the goal of proving the elements of negligence. These include:
- The driver had an obligation to do or not do something, e.g., follow a traffic law or avoid driving recklessly.
- The driver failed to do what he needed to do, driving carelessly or recklessly and putting you in danger.
- This failure to follow the law caused him to hit you.
- You suffered physical injuries as well as financial damages.
During our investigation, our accident attorneys will look into all aspects of your accident to get the full picture of what happened and why. At the same time, we will also manage all necessary communication with the insurance company and protect your right to full compensation. Only once we believe we have the strongest case possible do we send a demand letter to the insurance company or move forward with filing a civil suit in your case.
How Negligence Causes Pedestrian Accidents
While pedestrians can cause or contribute to a collision with a car in a handful of ways, this is relatively rare. Most of the cases we see — no matter if they are on busy city streets, rural roads, in crosswalks, on sidewalks, or on private property — occur because of a driver who was not paying attention to their surroundings, was driving carelessly, or failed to see the pedestrian until it was too late.
You may able to recover compensation if the driver hit you because he was:
- Speeding, failed to yield, or violated other traffic laws
- Careless or inattentive, sidetracked
- Not using appropriate caution in a parking lot, school zone, or another area where pedestrians are common
- Driving while distracted (e.g., talking on the phone, texting, conversing with passengers, etc.)
- Driving drunk or under the influence of drugs
When we take on a Wilkes-Barre pedestrian accident case, we go to work immediately. Our pedestrian accident lawyers will:
- Identify all possible evidence
- Work with accident reconstruction experts
- Interview witnesses
- Analyze all the facts of your case
- Collect documentation of your injuries and damages
This will allow us to understand exactly how the at-fault driver caused your accident. If we can prove the driver acted in a negligent manner, we can most likely hold him liable for the expenses and losses you suffered.
Talk to a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer in Wilkes-Barre About Your Case Today
Wilkes-Barre residents have trusted the personal injury lawyers at Munley Law since 1959, and there is a reason we are still helping pedestrian accident victims today. We will evaluate your case for free and can explain your options in a language you can understand. If we pursue compensation on your behalf, you will not pay us anything unless we recover a payout for you.
Call us today at (855) 866-5529 to learn more, or to get started with your free consultation with a pedestrian accident attorney in Wilkes-Barre.