The pedestrian accident attorneys in Pennsylvania at Cordisco & Saile LLC can help you recover damages following your accident. Reach us now at 215-642-2335 to set up a consultation and get started.
Types of Pedestrian Accidents
While pedestrian accidents are most commonly associated with motor vehicles, pedestrian accidents aren’t limited to collisions with cars. The following provides a list of the different types of accidents that might involve a pedestrian.
- Motor vehicle collisions
- Falling objects or debris
- Slip and fall accidents
Each type of accident is unique, and each is caused by a variety of different factors. Despite the causes or types of pedestrian accidents, though, injuries are often serious.
Injuries Sustained from a Pedestrian Accident
When a pedestrian is involved in a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall accident, or is struck by falling objects or debris while walking, the range of injuries that can occur is great. In some cases, injuries sustained may be minor and require minimal medical treatment. In other cases, though, injuries can forever alter the course of a person's life.
Some of the most common types of injuries incurred as a result of a pedestrian accident include broken bones, lacerations and cuts, bruises, neck and spinal injuries, internal injuries, and head and traumatic brain injuries. Of these, spinal injuries and traumatic brain injuries are two of the most severe and can lead to paralysis, permanent brain damage and death.
Who’s liable in a pedestrian accident?
Work with our pedestrian accident attorneys in Pennsylvania to collect the proper evidence to investigate and establish the liable party or parties. Liability is usually attributable to the negligent party, regardless of the type of accident. This means that whether your pedestrian accident was caused by a motor vehicle, a falling object, or a slip and fall, liability may fall on another party.
For example, if a slip and fall accident was caused by a walkway that hadn’t been properly repaired or was icy, the property owner of that walkway may be negligent because he or she didn’t take the proper care to ensure that the property was free from any hazards.
Or if debris from a construction site wasn’t properly secured, causing debris to fall upon you and cause you an injury, the construction company may be liable.
In the event of a car accident, a driver who was behaving irresponsibly, carelessly, or without regard for the law will typically be liable. As a note, Pennsylvania Code Title 42 Section 7102 states that if you were partially at-fault for the accident, the amount of money that you can receive will be diminished by the percentage you were at fault for the accident.
Recovering Damages for Your Injuries
If you’ve been in a pedestrian accident, lawyers in Pennsylvania from our firm can help you explore damages you may recover. For example, if you're a pedestrian involved in a motor vehicle accident, you are automatically full tort, which means you can pursue pain and suffering damages from an at-fault motorist, even if you did not suffer serious injuries.
You also may be able to recover damages from your own auto policy in some cases, and if a property owner was liable for a slip and fall, you may pursue damages from the property owner via a personal injury lawsuit. If a construction site contained unsecured objects that fell on you, you may file a lawsuit against the construction company or property owner.
You ultimately may be able to receive compensation for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment in life, lost wages, medical expenses, and more. If you’ve lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, you potentially can recover damages in the form of a wrongful death suit.
Speak with an Accident Lawyer Today
Pennsylvania Code Section 5524 only provides you with two years from the date of injury to recover damages for personal injury. If you want to receive compensation, you need to act quickly.
The attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC, can help recover the money you need to piece your life back together following a pedestrian accident. To speak with one of our attorneys, call us today at 215-642-2335.