Traveling by foot has many advantages in Erie and greater Pennsylvania. Walking to your destination offers opportunities for scenic bewilderment, exploration, and discovery. It is also a great way to exercise. With that being said, you do assume some risk when you make the choice to be a pedestrian. The risk worsens when you factor in negligent driving behaviors of others around you. Pedestrian accidents can result in serious injury or worse. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), there were over 4100 injuries resulting from pedestrian accidents in 2017. Out of the pedestrian injuries in 2017, around 150 fatalities occurred, which is more than ten percent of the total accident related fatalities that occurred that year.
If you or a loved one are dealing with the aftermath of a pedestrian accident, you may be familiar with the devastating potential of serious injuries and financial hardship. If negligence was involved in the cause of your pedestrian accident, you may have options to ease your financial loss. You should contact an Erie pedestrian accident attorney. An experienced attorney can help you assess your damages, develop a plan, and represent you in pursuit of compensation on your behalf. Attorneys at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman can be trusted handling any type of personal injury case due to their impressive combined experience (170 years) and success rate (99.9 percent). You do not have to continue suffering financially from the negligence of others.
With such prevalence in Pennsylvania, there are many common causes of pedestrian accidents. Negligent driving behaviors—driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while distracted by a device, driving while exhausted—are major causes. Many pedestrian accidents occur at places where pedestrians must enter the roadway. Some drivers may fail to yield to pedestrian crossing crosswalks. This can also occur if a driver fails to look both ways before entering an intersection.
Aside from negligent driving behaviors, crosswalk design defects are another common cause of pedestrian accidents. Parties responsible for design crosswalk have a duty to design a crosswalk safe for pedestrians and drivers. Poor choices in roadway design, crosswalk location and traffic, and failure to account for traffic flow are some ways a design can be defective. Pedestrians and vehicle operators may be able to pursue engineers and government bodies responsible for poor crosswalk design.
Considering the human body is not designed to withstand impact from a moving vehicle, many pedestrian accidents result in serious injury. Common injuries caused by pedestrian accidents include internal damage and bruising, facial injuries, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and torn ligaments. After any pedestrian accident, it is important to seek medical attention.
If you or a loved one recently experienced a pedestrian accident, you are likely not at fault. You should contact an Erie pedestrian accident attorney. Securing the representation of an experienced attorney may be your best chance at obtaining compensation on your behalf. For a free consultation, contact Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman today.