Philadelphia Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Giving You a Voice During a Challenging Time
When you’re out and about in public, whether in a parking lot or crossing the street, you expect you’ll reach your destination safely. All U.S. states have pedestrian laws that give you the right of way in most situations. Unfortunately, accidents occur that involve pedestrian injuries and sometimes deaths. If you’ve been injured as the result of a driver’s negligence, you may be eligible to seek compensation. Our Philadelphia pedestrian accident attorneys at Ruch & Shipon, P.C. are committed to helping individuals and families recover damages after a harrowing accident. Pedestrians don’t have the same kinds of protections that drivers and passengers have in an accident, so they’re more likely to suffer from catastrophic injuries. Healing may be stressful – we’re here to help alleviate some of your burdens.
Common Types of Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents are, unfortunately, common, especially in cities and areas with high density. The more populated cities become, the more dangers there are for pedestrians, especially when streets begin filling with traffic near residential neighborhoods.
Common types of pedestrian accidents that result in injuries include:
- Vehicles backing into pedestrians: Cars that back out of parking spaces or driveways often fail to look in their rearview mirrors and can easily hit pedestrians that are crossing behind them. Children who are shorter and can be easily missed by drivers are more likely to be the victims of these kinds of accidents.
- Vehicles hitting pedestrians on side of the road: Cars can also easily sideswipe a pedestrian walking on the side of the road if they fail to see them and drive too close, or if they lose control of their vehicle near a pedestrian. These kinds of accidents typically happen at night when pedestrians are more difficult for drivers to see.
- Jaywalking: Pedestrians who jaywalk or cross the road at places other than a marked crosswalk or intersection, risk being hit by an oncoming vehicle. This is especially true for when pedestrians jaywalk near a corner, as turning cars won’t be able to see pedestrians until it’s too late.
- Vehicles hitting pedestrians while making left turns: Cars turning left at an intersection may hit a pedestrian that is walking across the street. Even if the car has the right of way, cars must still be aware of pedestrian crosswalks while they’re making left turns, in addition to watching for oncoming traffic.
Injuries we commonly see clients suffer from after a pedestrian accident include bruises and abrasions, sprains and fractures, broken bones, internal bleeding, spinal cord and neck injuries, and head and brain trauma. Many pedestrian injuries can become permanent and require lifelong care and the use of prescription medications or equipment.