Car accidents with pedestrians are a common type of motor vehicular accident in Pennsylvania. Cars are much heavier than people and travel at far greater speeds. When an automobile strikes someone, the results can be devastating.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) released statistics on crashes from 2020. Pedestrian accidents made up a small portion of accidents, however, these incidents had a disproportionate number of fatalities (12.9 percent of all car crash-related deaths.) Those who were injured but not killed must contend with emotional distress, costly medical fees, lost wages, and other losses.
The ideal way to manage an accident is prevention. Being aware of surroundings, exercising caution at intersections and high traffic areas, and so forth can help avoid tragedy. However, accidents can still happen. If you have been injured in a car crash, consult an attorney.
Some common causes of accidents with pedestrians include:
- Distracted driving: Distracted driving keeps the motorist’s eyes and mind off the road.
- Driving while under the influence: Driving while intoxicated makes concentration difficult or impossible.
- Failure to yield and speeding: Regardless of the driver’s state, failure to stop or yield can also lead to collisions, as does speeding.
- Poor weather: Dense clouds or fog leads to low visibility. Precipitation such as snow, ice, or heavy rain can make controlling the car a challenge.
- Faulty traffic lights: Malfunctioning traffic lights, which may mislead the driver, can also cause accidents.
According to the PennDOT report, the majority of accidents occurred while crossing the street or a driveway entrance. Most injuries and fatalities happened while crossing mid-block or a driveway. Other causes of collisions were walking, jogging, playing, and other activities.
To keep safe, use clearly marked crosswalks, looking both ways as you travel. Pay attention to traffic lights and signs. Avoid distractions, such as texting or speaking on your phone. Avoid using headphones to better hear your surroundings.
What Should I Do After I am Injured in an Accident?
Your first action should be to seek medical attention. Though you may only feel a small amount of pain, or too in shock to notice anything at all, your health takes priority. In terms of insurance, companies may determine your injuries are minor if you did not get medical attention right away. From both an insurance and legal standpoint, medical records detailing injuries and treatment will strengthen your case.
Try to gather as much documentation as possible to build your claim. If you are able to, take photographs of the scene of the accident. Gather statements from witnesses and their contact information for later reference. Obtaining a police report will also corroborate events.
Speaking with an attorney is also critical. Their knowledge and experience will help you.
West Chester Car Accident Lawyers at Eckell Sparks Advocate for Pedestrians Injured in Car Accidents
If you have been seriously injured in an accident as a pedestrian, you need someone who will provide legal assistance and build a strong case. Reach out to one of our experienced West Chester car accident lawyers at Eckell, Sparks, Levy, Auerbach, Monte, Sloane, Matthews & Auslander, P.C. Call us at 610-565-3701 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation. We are located in Media and West Chester, Pennsylvania, and we proudly serve clients throughout Delaware County, Chester County, and Montgomery County.