Pedestrians account for one of the most vulnerable groups of people on the roads in Bristol, and are subject to a variety of risks that may lead to injury or death. According to a report on traffic safety published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012 alone 163 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in Pennsylvania.
Furthermore, the National Safety Council reports that fall accidents account for nearly 8.9 million visits to the emergency room each year. Pedestrians are at risk for slip and fall accidents in slippery conditions, as one example.
Because these types of incidents can lead to devastating injuries, it is important for anyone injured while walking to understand information regarding pedestrian accidents, as well as how a lawyer in Bristol can help recover damages.
What causes a pedestrian accident?
Many individuals often associate pedestrian accidents with motor vehicle collisions, as the amount of pedestrians injured in car wrecks is unfortunately high. Beyond this though, pedestrian accidents may be a result of a pedestrian slipping and falling, which could be due to circumstances such as icy sidewalks or poorly maintained walkways.
Further, pedestrians in Bristol may be at a risk for being injured by falling debris around construction sites, by things like such as tools, signs, or other unsecured equipment.
Who is responsible for a pedestrian accident?
In some cases, it may be simple to determine who was liable for a pedestrian accident that resulted in serious injuries or even death. For example, in the event a distracted or intoxicated driver caused a pedestrian accident by failing to check the crosswalk for pedestrians before making a right turn, the injured party could hold the person who was behind the wheel liable and this may be fairly straightforward.
In other situations though, such as accidents involving a slip and fall or falling debris, determining responsibility may be more difficult. A pedestrian accident may be the result of a negligent property owner or government agency, or even a construction worker and/or his employer. An attorney familiar with pedestrian accidents in Pennsylvania can help determine which party is ultimately liable for the accident and resultant damages.
Call Pedestrian Accident Lawyers in Bristol to Pursue Compensation
Injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident can be severe, and may even prevent the injured party from immediately returning to work, if ever.
In some cases, pedestrian accidents may result in:
- cuts and lacerations;
- broken bones;
- neck and spinal cord injuries; and
- head and brain injuries.
The injuries may range in severity, and many will result in significant medical bills and time spent recovering.
If you need assistance securing compensation for the injuries you sustained as a result of a pedestrian accident in Bristol, contact an attorney at Cordisco & Saile LLC immediately. We can discuss the specifics of your case, and help you file a claim to recover due payment. We serve clients in the Bristol area and are prepared to answer any legal questions you may have. Call us today: 215-642-2335.