Walking can be a great way to get in some moderate exercise and also a wallet-friendly—and Eco-friendly—way to commute. However, pedestrians are arguably the most vulnerable people on the roads of our country. While motor vehicles have airbag technology keeping them safe in the event of a car accident and sturdy metal frames encasing them within the vehicle, pedestrians do not have such protections, and few people go for walks wearing helmets. If everyone drove in safe and considerate ways, pedestrian accidents might be a rarity. Sadly, this is not the case, and many pedestrians are injured or even killed each year in the United States due to the negligence of car and truck drivers. If you were injured as a pedestrian when a car hit you, contact Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman to discuss your legal options under civil law.
The first thing you need to do after being injured in a pedestrian vs. car crash is to get immediate medical care so any injuries can be treated. After your condition is stable, make sure to document your injuries (take photos of injuries, keep copies of medical bills and get contact information from accident witnesses). You can then bring this documentation to a pedestrian accident injury attorney so you can work together to craft your legal case.
According to a report published by the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration, more than 5,300 pedestrians lost their lives in vehicle collisions in 2015. As many as 70,000 are estimated to have been injured in car crashes that same year.Although trip-and-fall accidents were cited as the most common cause of pedestrian accident injuries, 12 percent of all pedestrian injuries are caused by vehicle collisions.
Pedestrians are rarely liable for damages incurred due to car accidents. In most cases, the driver of the car or truck is responsible for the crash and the damages that resulted. For example, if a pedestrian is crossing within a crosswalk and a driver fails to yield to the pedestrian and collides with them, that driver can be held accountable in civil court for the injuries that the pedestrian suffers as a result of the crash. The pedestrian may then seek to recover those damages in the form of financial compensation that the courts can compel the negligent driver to pay out, because the driver is liable—or legally responsible—for the pain and suffering the pedestrian experienced.
If you were hurt in a motor vehicle collision while you were walking, you need a Pittsburgh car accident attorney who can advocate for you in civil court. The attorneys at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman are dedicated to helping injured pedestrians recover damages via the legal system. We put our clients first—so you pay no fees until your case has been won or settled, and we charge the lowest legal fees of any law firm in the region. We will fight to get you the financial compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering. Contact us today for a free case assessment.