Being involved in a car accident as a pedestrian is both frightening and dangerous. Each year, around 4,000 pedestrians are killed in the United States, usually by vehicles; and another 10,000 pedestrians are injured annually. Although pedestrian safety is an important part of Lancaster’s city and county planning, pedestrian accidents do still occur in Lancaster, such as a recent death of a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle. If you have been hit and injured by a vehicle as a pedestrian, contact a Lancaster pedestrian accident attorney right away to help you with your case.

It is generally safe for pedestrians to walk around neighborhoods if they stay on the sidewalk and use crosswalks when available. However, even the most diligent pedestrians can sometimes be involved in accidents when vehicles on the road fail to pay attention to walkers while they are driving. Many pedestrian accidents occur at night when streets are dimly lit and it can be difficult to see pedestrians in the area. Children are also especially vulnerable to being hurt or killed in accidents if they are outside playing near the road.

There are a number of safety measures that both pedestrians and drivers can follow to try to reduce the number of pedestrian accidents that can occur. Pedestrians should always use sidewalks and crosswalks where available, and they should follow traffic laws by not jaywalking or crossing dangerous and busy intersections while cars are coming. Pedestrians should also be sure to wear high visibility clothing when out walking at night so that they can be seen more easily.

For their part, drivers should be aware that pedestrians are often out walking on the roads at all times of day. They should always give pedestrians the right of way, especially in crosswalks, and they should drive slowly through neighborhoods with walkers or with children playing. For more information on pedestrian safety in Pennsylvania, visit http://www.justdrivepa.org/Traffic-Safety-Information-Center/Bicycle-And-Pedestrian-Safety/.

But sometimes, even despite taking the most safety precautions you can, accidents between cars and pedestrians still occur. And when they do, they can be extremely dangerous, especially for the pedestrian involved. Unlike the driver, the pedestrian does not have the protection that a car can provide. In fact, in most accidents between a vehicle and a pedestrian, the pedestrian is usually hurt or even killed while the driver can walk away from the accident unscathed

Even worse, the injuries that pedestrians often suffer in accidents with vehicles are usually quite severe, especially if the car was driving above the speed limit. The collision could leave the pedestrian with broken bones, cuts, bruises, or even head, brain, or spinal injuries. These injuries can sometimes even prove disabling or, in the most severe cases, fatal. It is critical that if you were hit by a vehicle while out running or walking, that you seek immediate medical attention at a nearby hospital or emergency room.

Unfortunately, taking care of these kinds of injuries can often be painful, lengthy, and expensive. You may require extensive surgery, several days in the hospital, prescription medications, and physical therapy, all of which can add up to be extremely costly. And if your injuries have left you disabled, you may not be able to return to work and earn an income so that you can easily pay those medical bills.

However, a Lancaster pedestrian accident lawyer is ready and available to assist you so that you can have your medical bills covered by the driver’s insurance company. We have handled hundreds of claims like yours, so we will be able to determine if the other driver is at fault and how much your claim is worth. If the other driver was responsible for the accident, then their insurance company is responsible for your medical bills that you incurred after the accident.

We will walk you through the claims process to make sure that your claim is solid. When it comes time to negotiate with the insurance company, we will make sure that they do not try to offer you less than your claim is worth, hoping that you will not know how much you deserve. Our job is to make sure you are treated fairly and that your medical bills are covered because the accident was not your fault. If a loved one has been killed as a pedestrian in an accident, we will also help you file a wrongful death claim.

Don’t let a careless driver leave you in a tight financial situation. Call our offices today.

 

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