Philadelphia Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Car accidents cause serious injuries and sometimes death to pedestrians. In fact, pedestrians make up 15% of all traffic casualties annually. Increasing the likelihood of serious injury or even death of pedestrians are distracted drivers or drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Distracted driving is typically when the operator of a vehicle is participating in other tasks, such as texting or speaking on a cell phone while operating a vehicle.
The Pennsylvania accident lawyers at the personal injury law firm of Galfand Berger are experienced in helping pedestrians who become car accident victims.
Here are some questions, which you may have:
Who is the pedestrian?
A pedestrian is typically defined as a person who is walking along a road or in a developed area, traveling either on foot or in a wheelchair. People engaged in physical activities, such as running, rollerblading or skateboarding, are also considered pedestrians.
What are pedestrian’s obligations under the law?
In Pennsylvania, a pedestrian is expected to obey traffic control signals and laws just as drivers do.
How does car insurance cover an injured pedestrian?
It is possible that a pedestrian’s automobile insurance policy will pay for injuries the pedestrian sustains in an incident caused by someone else. An automobile insurance policy can only cover damages sustained by a pedestrian if it is an automobile that injures them. Sometimes, auto insurance policies that include provisions for medical payments coverage (known as personal injury protection benefits, or “PIP”) will cover expenses; it is also possible that the insurance policy of the party at fault will cover the damages. In Pennsylvania pedestrians are deemed to be in “full tort” if their accident is caused by an automobile, even if they have elected “limited tort” on their insurance policy.
What if the car that struck me did not have insurance?
In this case, carrying your own uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage could help cover the damages. If you do not carry insurance either, there may be other sources of insurance available, including Pennsylvania’s Guarantee Fund. A personal injury attorney at Galfand Berger will help to determine what sources of coverage are available to you.
What should you do if you are involved in a pedestrian accident?
If you are struck by a vehicle as a pedestrian and are able to do so, call the police immediately. Do not leave the scene of the accident before help arrives, unless medical attention necessitates you to do so. If there are any witnesses, gather their names, addresses and phone numbers. Seek any and all necessary medical attention, and advise the doctor that you were in a pedestrian accident. Before speaking with a pedestrian accident attorney, do not make any statements to anyone, including drivers and insurers. However, if a police officer asks you for a statement, you should answer their questions.
If you are hit by an unidentified driver who flees the accident scene, you must immediately report this fact to the police. Failure to do so may prevent you from collecting uninsured motorist benefits.
Contact the Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyers At Galfand Berger Today
Our attorneys are experienced in representing victims of pedestrian accidents. We are happy to answer any questions and review your case for free. Please call us at 1-800-222-USWA (8792) or complete our short contact form and a member of our firm will contact you.
With offices in Philadelphia, Lancaster, Bethlehem and Reading, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. And, remember, there is no fee unless we recover for you.