Easton Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Pedestrian Injury Claims in the Lehigh Valley
Have you recently been injured in a pedestrian accident? Getting hit by a motor vehicle while on foot can be an incredibly painful and traumatic experience that leads to serious injuries, extensive medical care, and conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A pedestrian accident victim may suddenly find themselves with expensive medical bills to pay on top of having to miss work due to their injuries. It is a heavy load to bear.
If this situation sounds familiar, you may wish to file a pedestrian accident lawsuit. Meshkov & Breslin can help. Our Easton pedestrian accident lawyers are experienced, innovative, and dedicated to helping wrongfully injured clients receive the just compensation they so rightfully deserve. We understand what you are dealing with and what is at stake and are here to ensure you receive quality medical care, financial support, and whatever other assistance you need during this time.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), just under 6,000 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents throughout the United States in 2017, which equates to about one fatality every 88 minutes.
The state of Pennsylvania sees roughly 4,000 pedestrian accidents annually, based on data collected by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). While that number has remained consistent for the last several years, pedestrian fatalities have been steadily increasing since 2017.
The Most Common Places Where Pedestrian Accidents Happen
In 2019, PennDOT found just over 40% of pedestrian crashes and fatalities occurred while the victim was crossing the street at an intersection, crossing, or other designated pedestrian walkway. Nearly 29% occurred while the pedestrian was walking, jogging, or playing.
Locations where pedestrian accidents commonly occur include:
- Parking lots
- Busy urban areas
Pedestrian accidents are generally more likely to occur at night. After dark, people are more prone to drive drunk and visibility is low. This puts pedestrians at a much higher risk of being struck by motorists. While more pedestrians in Pennsylvania were injured in the daylight during 2019, the vast majority of pedestrian fatalities occurred at night—70.1% to be exact.
Whether a pedestrian was hit by a car in a parking lot, crosswalk, or in front of their own home, they have a right to bring a lawsuit against the driver who hit them when the accident was caused by negligence.
What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident
When a pedestrian is hit by a car, what to do? Being in an accident can be disorienting and stressful. However, it is important to know what to do after an accident involving a pedestrian, especially if you are the victim.
We recommend doing the following after a Pennsylvania pedestrian accident:
- Seek medical attention before doing anything else. When a pedestrian is hit by a car, their injuries are often severe and may even be life-threatening. However, you may not feel pain right away because you are in shock. Err on the side of caution and either call 911 or wait for an ambulance to arrive at the scene.
- Contact the authorities. The police will file an accident report, at which time they will interview you and the at-fault driver. They will also take witness testimony. This report will help to back up any future insurance or personal injury claims you file.
- Document the accident scene if your injuries aren’t severe enough to keep you from moving. Take pictures or videos of the crash scene from multiple angles and make sure you capture the vehicle that hit you, the location where you were struck, and any visible wounds on your person.
- Keep all accident-related records, receipts, bills, and other documentation. This information will help back up your claim. If your claim is successful, you should be reimbursed for all your expenses.
- Call a local pedestrian accident lawyer to discuss your case during a free consultation. Your attorney will inform you of your rights, help you determine how much compensation you are owed, and—if needed—represent you during settlement negotiations and in court.
When a pedestrian is hit by a car, compensation is an essential facet of their recovery. If you are currently dealing with a pedestrian accident injury, we are here to help you obtain a fair settlement that will cover all your accident-related expenses—now and into the future. Don’t settle for a low insurance settlement that will barely cover your initial hospital bills. Hire Meshkov & Breslin to fight for you. If we don’t succeed in winning you compensation, you don’t owe us a thing.
Contact Meshkov & Breslin now to schedule your free, no-obligation case evaluation with an experienced attorney.