Pedestrian Accident Attorney in Bucks County
Just because you decide to walk to your destination instead of driving does not necessarily mean you can avoid the dangers and injuries of a car accident. Accidents involving pedestrians carry their own difficulties and challenges. With medical bills and no income, victims of pedestrian accidents likely face severe financial debt, not to mention physical and mental rehabilitation.
If this has happened to your or a loved one, it is essential to have an experienced Bucks County personal injury attorney on your side. At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C., we understand the hardships you are facing and are prepared to help you obtain compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other losses. Our pedestrian accident lawyers understand your concerns and are ready to do whatever it takes to make sure you are properly compensated for your injuries or the loss of your loved one.
Are Pedestrian Accidents Common?
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, there were nearly 3,000 pedestrians involved in accidents in 2020. Furthermore, older pedestrians (aged 65 and older) account for the vast majority of pedestrian accidents. In fact, elderly pedestrians, although involved in fewer pedestrian crashes, are more likely to be fatally injured if struck by a moving vehicle.
Over the past five years, pedestrian accidents have fluctuated. According to the cited PENNDOT data, pedestrian crashes were down in 2020. However, from 2016 to 2019, there were around 4,100 crashes involving pedestrians per year.
What Causes of Pedestrian Accidents?
The main causes of pedestrian accidents are not dissimilar from typical causes of car accidents. Most of the time, accidents are caused by the following negligent actions:
- Distracted driving or texting behind the wheel
- Motor vehicles and bikes not yielding for pedestrians at crosswalks
- Turning at intersections without looking both ways
- Driving too fast to be able to safely stop in time
- Failure to follow posted speed limits
- Drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs
- Design defects in crosswalk locations, including failure to consider upstream and downstream traffic flows
Additionally, urban areas have a much higher number of pedestrian accidents than rural areas, but many horrific accidents can happen on country roads. Winding roads with limited visibility and high speeds create the perfect storm for a car accident involving a pedestrian, resulting in serious injuries.
Seeking Compensation for Damages after a Pedestrian Accident
There are numerous possible outcomes for you if you are successful in the pursuit of your pedestrian accident claim. If you prevail, you may be entitled to the following damages:
- Medical expenses including ambulance and emergency services, hospitalization, diagnostic tests, surgery, followup care, and prescription medication
- Estimated future medical expenses when pedestrian accident victims suffer permanent injuries that require ongoing treatment, sometimes in a long-term care facility
- Costs for assistive devices such as wheelchairs, artificial limbs, crutches, and canes
- Lost income from missing work due to pedestrian accident injuries
- Lost earning capacity when a pedestrian accident leads to a catastrophic injury that makes it impossible for a victim to return to their job or work in the future
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium with a spouse
- Diminished quality of life and loss of enjoyment
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Punitive damages in rare cases that involve intentional harm or gross negligence
Not all of these will apply to every case. Contact a pedestrian accident attorney to learn more about your specific situation and what damages you may be eligible to claim.
Contact a Bucks County Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Today
For more than 65 years, the experienced Bucks County personal injury attorneys at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C. have helped recover damages for our clients following a pedestrian accident injury. We make sure all paperwork is filed within the time limits, bring in expert witnesses to help determine acceptable amounts for non-economic damages, and negotiate with the defense attorneys on settlements, among many other services.We serve clients in Montgomery County, Bucks County, and throughout the surrounding areas, with offices in Newtown and Colmar, PA. We can travel to meet with you in your home if you are unable to travel to us. We have earned the respect and trust of clients facing a variety of legal problems. Contact us at (215) 822-7575 or complete our contact form for a free consultation today.