Walking is something we do so routinely that we hardly ever think about safety. We really should not have to wonder if we will be safe when we stroll down a sidewalk or across a pedestrian crosswalk. Unfortunately, the reality is much different.
At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., we know that pedestrian crashes happen at alarming rates, particularly in and around the city. If another person’s negligence has caused you harm, we are ready to help. When you need a Philadelphia pedestrian accident attorney, call us today so we can secure the compensation you deserve.
These Are Serious Incidents
The last thing you should ever have to worry about when you are on foot is that you will get injured, but we know that pedestrian crashes happen. For the latest reporting year in Pennsylvania, there was a total of 4,293 pedestrian crashes. Out of those, there were:
- 4,106 injuries
- 150 fatalities
Nearly every pedestrian crash results in an injury or a fatality because pedestrians do not have armor. There are no airbags to protect them from the force of a vehicle or the ground. It is not uncommon for us to see the following injuries as a result of a pedestrian crash:
- Traumatic brain injuries/head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries/paralysis
- Internal organ damage/internal bleeding
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations or amputations
In many cases, victims of pedestrian crashes remain hospitalized for long periods of time undergoing multiple surgeries and rehabilitation. If a victim is disabled and unable to return to work, their lost income will greatly affect their finances.
What many people and insurance companies do not think about are the hidden costs associated with these crashes. This includes that lost income as well as things like emotional and psychological damages as well as a loss of enjoyment of life. These things are hard to put a price tag on.
Where These Crashes Happen
Often, we find that these crashes happen in areas where the pedestrian has the right-of-way. This can include places like:
- Parking lots
Drivers sometimes ignore pedestrian right-of-ways out of impatience. We need to point out that even impacts at low speeds can cause severe pedestrian injuries. We also know that the following drivers pose an extreme danger to pedestrians:
- Those impaired by drugs or alcohol
- Those distracted by their phones or other devices
- Those who speed or operate aggressively
What We Can Do
If you or someone you love has been injured in a pedestrian accident due to the negligence of someone else, you may be eligible for compensation. At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., we want to help you get through this. We will get to work on investigating your case and securing the compensation you deserve. This can include coverage for:
- Your medical expenses related to the accident
- Lost income and benefits if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against the person responsible