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Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Pedestrians who are hit by cars face a high risk of serious injury. When you are struck by a vehicle, there is nothing to protect you from the impact during a collision. Pedestrians may sustain several injuries, such as broken bones, blunt force trauma, brain injury, paralysis and even death. In 2019, there were 154 pedestrian fatalities in Pennsylvania. Even at a low speed of 10 mph, a vehicle can inflict severe injuries on a pedestrian. Worse, a vehicle moving at just 30 mph can cause a pedestrian fatality.

What happens if you are a pedestrian who has been struck by a vehicle? With the help of a pedestrian accident lawyer, you can secure the compensation you need to recover after the accident.

Which Pedestrians Are Most at Risk?

In the U.S., January 1 and October 31 are the two deadliest days of the year with the highest number of pedestrian deaths. The following are the pedestrians who are most at risk of being in a pedestrian accident:

  • Older adults: Though adults older than 65 make up just 13% of the population, they account for21% of pedestrian fatalities. These accidents tend to occur as a result of older adults spending more time in crossing lanes.
  • Children: Children are especially vulnerable to sustaining serious injuries in pedestrian accidents due to their height, weight and impulsive decision-making.
  • Alcohol-impaired pedestrians: Alcohol is involved in more than one-third of pedestrian deaths. Alcohol impacts a driver’s and pedestrian’s decision-making abilities and reaction times. This may explain why January 1 is one of the deadliest days of the year for pedestrians.
  • Autumn pedestrians: Autumn is an especially dangerous time to be a pedestrian. Why? Cooler weather encourages more people to walk outdoors. With the days becoming shorter and the nights becoming longer, more people walk in the dark. Halloween also brings children closer to the roads while wearing costumes that can make them difficult to see.

Tips for Pedestrian Safety

How can you and your loved ones stay safe as pedestrians? The following are tips for pedestrian safety:

  • Follow signals and signs when crossing a road.
  • Assume the driver of a vehicle does not see you.
  • Use a flashlight at night to make yourself more visible.
  • Educate your children on how to stay safe as a pedestrian.
  • Use designated intersections and crosswalks when possible.
  • Wear reflective clothing or gear at night to increase your visibility.
  • Put your technology away when you are walking near a road or intersection.
  • Wait to consume alcohol until you have reached your destination, as it can impair your judgment while walking in a busy area.

Driver behavior causes more than 90% of crashes, which means you need to behave cautiously around drivers when you are a pedestrian. This also means you may have a personal injury case if you are injured as a pedestrian.

What to Do If You Have Been in a Pedestrian Accident

What to Do If You Have Been in a Pedestrian Accident

The days and weeks after a pedestrian accident can significantly impact your ability to recover the compensation you deserve. If you or a family member has been involved in a pedestrian accident, follow the steps below, once it is safe to do so.

1. Contact the Authorities

Even if you believe you have not been injured or the damage caused by an accident is minor, you should contact the police immediately after a collision. If you wait to report the accident, this could hurt your chances of being compensated for your injuries later.

If there are witnesses, request they stay on the scene to speak to the police. Follow up with law enforcement to ask for an accident report. Review the report to check for inaccuracies that the police may have accidentally included.

2. Document the Incident

If you can, take photos of the accident scene. Take pictures of yourself, any injuries you sustained, the vehicle and anything or anyone else that was involved or may have contributed to the accident. If you take photos with your phone, be sure you do not post any of these photos to social media, as this could be used against you during your case when you attempt to seek compensation from insurance companies or the driver.

If the accident leaves you severely injured, you may not be able to gather information while at the scene. In this case, take notes as soon as you are able so you can capture as many details as possible. These details will be incredibly useful when you speak to a pedestrian accident lawyer.

3. Exchange Information

The next step is exchanging information with the driver. Ask for his or her name, insurance company and phone number. Following the accident, avoid speaking with the driver, his or her attorney or his or her insurance company by yourself. Instead, communicate with the driver through your personal injury lawyer or your insurance company.

4. Seek Medical Attention

Receiving medical attention as soon as possible is essential, even if you believe you are uninjured. If you are lucky, you will not need an ambulance after you have been hit by a car. Even in this case, seeking medical attention will ensure you are healthy or establish official documentation of any injuries you sustained and what treatment you may need. Some injuries are not immediately apparent, and a doctor will be able to find these injuries and document them.

The extent of the damages you have suffered could determine how much compensation you recover after a pedestrian accident.

5. Speak With a Pedestrian Accident Attorney

The final step after you have been in an accident is speaking with a pedestrian accident attorney. Your attorney can organize your case and file a legal claim that can help cover your wage loss and medical bills. An experienced lawyer can help you recover the compensation you deserve.

Contact a Pedestrian Injury Lawyer at KBG Injury Law

Contact a Pedestrian Injury Lawyer at KBG Injury Law

For more than 30 years, our personal injury attorneys at KBG Injury Law have been serving those in the South Central Pennsylvania area. When you choose us for your legal representation, we will provide you:

  • Commitment: We are committed to representing our clients through every step of the process and treating them with the utmost respect.
  • Integrity: Our interactions with you will always be transparent, honest and trustworthy.
  • Results: Our actions are always result-oriented, and we bring our best work to every case to ensure our clients get the results they deserve.

Have you or a family member been involved in a pedestrian accident as a result of someone else’s negligence? Contact the pedestrian injury attorneys at KBG Injury Law today, or request a free consultation to discuss your personal injury claim.

During this challenging time, our attorneys are advocating more than ever. While our physical offices are closed, we are all working remotely to ensure you still get the Results You Deserve. To all of our current clients, you can connect with us the same way you always do via email, phone, fax or text. To all of our prospective clients, the best way to get in touch with us is by using our contact form or by calling (800) 509-1011