Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Were You Struck & Injured in Schuylkill County?

Pedestrians have the right of way. All motor vehicle drivers must be vigilant for pedestrians at all times, whether or not they are in a crosswalk. However, drivers often fail to take the proper precautions and end up hitting pedestrians due to reckless behavior or negligence.

The Schuylkill County pedestrian accident attorney and team at The Law Offices of Anthony Urban, P.C. have successfully represented injured pedestrians and families dealing with serious injuries. If you or a loved one has been struck by a motor vehicle and injured, we can help you establish fault and obtain the fair and just compensation you need to cover all your accident-related expenses.

Contact our firm online or call (888) 268-0023 to book your evaluation today.

Understanding Pedestrian Laws & Accidents

Every year in the state of Pennsylvania, over 4000 people ate injured and roughly 200 individuals are killed in pedestrian accidents.

Some of the more important traffic laws both pedestrians and motorists should be aware of include:

  • Pedestrians must obey all traffic signs and signals.
    • If there is no traffic signal at an intersection, motorists must give pedestrians the right of way in a crosswalk and at an intersection.
  • Pedestrians on sidewalks have the right of way, so motor vehicles entering the sidewalk from driveways, parking garages, and other locations must yield to people on foot.
  • Pedestrians must use sidewalks, if available.
    • If unavailable, they must walk against the traffic as close to the shoulder as possible.
  • If a pedestrian is not crossing at a crosswalk or intersection, the pedestrian must yield to the motorist.
  • Walking or running into the path of a vehicle is illegal.
  • Hitchhiking is strictly prohibited in Pennsylvania.

Pedestrians have a responsibility to abide by traffic control signals and use caution when crossing the street or walking on the roadway. However, state law is nonetheless clear that drivers must yield to pedestrians and proceed in a reasonably cautious and safe manner. Pennsylvania law also treats pedestrians differently in terms of compensation. Pedestrians are entitled to full tort coverage (damages for pain and suffering) even if they have not suffered serious or permanent injury.

This is often a moot point because pedestrians are more likely to suffer severe and catastrophic injuries such as:

  • Paralysis
  • Brain injury
  • Multiple broken bones
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Loss of limbs

Pedestrians are also more likely to suffer from wrongful death. In the event you have lost a loved one due to a careless or negligent driver, we can assist you in filing a lawsuit against them as well.

Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

Sadly, many pedestrian accidents are caused simply because motorists don’t look out for them. While pedestrians do at times cause accidents themselves of course, when a motorist collides with a pedestrian, it is far worse for the latter. With out a seatbelt, airbags, or a metal chassis to protect them, pedestrians are far more likely be end up in the hospital or even be killed due to a driver’s negligence than vice versa.

The causes of pedestrian accidents may include:

  • Speeding or driving aggressively
  • Running a red light or stop sign
  • Backing up or pulling out without looking
  • Drunk driving
  • Distracted driving (texting while driving, etc.)
  • Failing to yield to or account for pedestrians

Caring Schuylkill County Injury Attorney

We have more than 60 years of experience and the necessary resources to hold drivers accountable for the medical, financial, and personal impact. This is small consolation to victims in the aftermath of an accident, but it may be important in the long-term recovery of compensation.

How We Can Help

Our legal team knows how to demonstrate liability and detail the full impact on the lives of our clients. The defense may try to say that our client crossed against the light, darted into the street, or otherwise caused the accident. We work to gather evidence to show what the driver did wrong.

Contact a skilled Schuylkill County pedestrian accident lawyer today at (888) 268-0023 for a initial case consultation to discuss your legal options and rights.


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