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What Can I do To Avoid A Collision?

On behalf of Soloff & Zervanos, P.C.

Pedestrians need to be careful when they are in and around vehicles. While most people do what they can to stay safe, pedestrians cannot always predict the actions of drivers around them. At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., our knowledgeable and experienced team wants to discuss steps you can take to avoid pedestrian collisions. Our pedestrian accident lawyers in Philadelphia are always available to help those injured due to the careless or negligent actions of another person. We can secure the compensation you are entitled to.

Pedestrian accidents are devastating

Pedestrians struck by vehicles often sustain severe injuries. During the latest reporting year in Pennsylvania, we know that there were 4,129 total pedestrian accidents. Out of those incidents, there were 4,090 injuries and 201 fatalities. Looking at these statistics, we can see that a high proportion of those involved in pedestrian accidents sustain injuries or fatalities. In 2018, pedestrian crashes represented just 3.2% of overall traffic incidents in Pennsylvania but accounted for nearly 17% of all crash fatalities.

Avoiding pedestrian crashes

Most pedestrian crashes occur due to preventable errors. If you plan to be in and around other vehicles in the Philadelphia area, there are several steps you can take to be as safe as possible.

  1. Stick to designated crossing areas: There are many crosswalks designated for pedestrians in and around Philadelphia. These areas are much safer places for pedestrians to cross the street.
  2. Do not expect drivers to see you: Never assume drivers see you, even if you are clearly in a visible area. You never know when a driver is distracted or even under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Your best bet before crossing a road is to make eye contact with the driver and even wait for them to acknowledge did they see you.
  3. Look around stopped vehicles: The vehicle right in front of you may stop when they see you, but the vehicles in other lanes of traffic may not. Drivers may try to speed around the first vehicle quickly. Because of this, look for any additional vehicles as you continue through a crossing area.
  4. Wear brightly colored clothing in the evening and night: If you are walking in the evening or at night time, try to wear brightly colored clothing to increase your visibility.

If you are injured in a car accident

If you or somebody you love does get injured in a pedestrian accident that was caused by another person’s negligent actions, speak to an attorney immediately. The team at Soloff & Zervanos, P.C. is ready to investigate every aspect of your case in order to secure the compensation you are entitled to. This can include:

  • Coverage of all pedestrian accident-related medical bills
  • Compensation for lost income if you cannot work
  • Mental anguish damages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life damages
  • Possible punitive damages against a grossly negligent driver

If you need a pedestrian accident lawyer in Philadelphia, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 866-597-8572.