Erie Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Protecting Pedestrians Across Pennsylvania
In the United States, a pedestrian is killed in a traffic accident every 88 minutes. In 2017 alone, 5,977 pedestrians lost their lives to crashes and about 137,000 were treated in emergency departments for non-fatal crash-related injuries. Many pedestrian accidents involve speeding or otherwise negligent drivers.
When you are injured by a negligent driver, you should not have to suffer the costs and consequences on your own. Fortunately, McNair Law Offices, PLLC can help you hold the at-fault parties accountable and pursue valuable compensation on your behalf.
Who Has the Right of Way?
Due to their vulnerability in traffic accidents, pedestrians almost always have the right of way when they are crossing the street, especially at crosswalks. If a driver fails to yield the right of way, they are responsible for the accident and liable for any injuries it may have caused.
Title 75 § 3542 of the Statutes of Pennsylvania defines the right of way for pedestrians.
The at-fault driver’s insurance company may offer you a settlement, but insurance companies do not always have your best interests at heart. Unlike insurers, our firm is on your side and not driven by protecting our bottom line.
Can a Pedestrian Be at Fault in a Car Pedestrian Accident?
The short answer is: yes. As mentioned above, a pedestrian may be at full or partial fault if they have gone against guidelines or laws set before them when traveling by foot. A few of the most common situations where a pedestrian is considered responsible for the accident include:
- Walking in a zone that is clearly not for pedestrians, usually marked by signage
- Crossing traffic against the signal
- Jaywalking, or not using the sidewalk to cross the street
Our Erie pedestrian accident lawyer can help make sure your claim is not being undervalued and pursue the most favorable results on your behalf.
What Causes Pedestrian Accidents?
Careful drivers rarely cause pedestrian accidents. More often than not, negligent driving behaviors cause pedestrian accidents.
Common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence
- Failure to yield
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Improper turns
Sadly, children are the most vulnerable to car accidents. Because of this vulnerability, drivers must take extra care when children are on the road. Failure to take this care (i.e. speeding in a school zone) more than justifies a personal injury lawsuit.
When someone harms you or a loved one with their carelessness, McNair Law Offices, PLLC can help.
Injuries in Pedestrian Accidents
In car-pedestrian accidents, pedestrians have no protection. As such, their injuries can be more severe.
Common injuries in pedestrian accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries (SCI)
- Fractures (broken bones)
- Soft tissue injuries (sprains and strains)
- Cuts and lacerations
- Bruises and contusions
- Injured extremities and amputations
- Emotional trauma and PTSD
If you have suffered a serious injury or lost a loved one to a pedestrian accident, we can help. While no amount of money can change what happened, having the resources you need can help you move forward.