The last thing you should ever have to worry about when you are out and about walking around or exercising that you will get struck by a car. However, we know that there are thousands of pedestrian incidents each year in Pennsylvania. Many of them are right here in Pittsburgh. At the SMT Legal, our Pittsburgh pedestrian accident attorney is ready to help. Let us investigate what happened so we can secure the compensation you deserve.
What do we know about these incidents?
We need to look at the statistics from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to get a clear picture of how often pedestrian accidents happen. During the latest reporting year in the commonwealth, there were over 4,000 pedestrian crashes. Out of those, there were:
- 150 fatalities
- 4,106 injuries
Nearly every pedestrian crash results in an injury or a fatality. Injuries that happen due to pedestrian incidents are at much higher risk of being catastrophic. It is not uncommon for our pedestrian accident lawyers in Pittsburgh to see the following after a crash:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Bone fractures
- Loss of or damage to a bodily organ
- Dismemberment or amputation
- Other injuries that inhibit a person’s daily activities
- Significant disfigurement
These injuries require significant medical intervention. Please keep in mind that even minor injuries can result in major medical expenses. Many pedestrian crash victims are temporarily or permanently disabled and need long-term assistance. In many cases, victims cannot work while they recover. This lost income can significantly impact a pedestrian crash victim and their family.
How do these incidents happen?
Pedestrian crashes happen in a variety of ways and often involve negligent drivers. In most cases, these incidents happen in areas where pedestrians have the right-of-way. This can include areas like crosswalks, sidewalks, and parking lots. Of particular danger are:
- Drivers distracted by their phones or other electronic devices
- Drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs
- Drivers who operate too fast for conditions
29% of pedestrian accident victims are under the age of 19. If you are a parent, please ensure your children obey all traffic laws and check for oncoming traffic before crossing the street. Many children are struck by vehicles while they are playing in and around the roadway.
How much compensation could I get for this accident?
If you or a loved one are injured in a pedestrian accident that was caused by the negligent of another person, you should seek assistance from an attorney. At the SMT Legal, we are ready to step in to help. Our qualified and experienced team is ready to investigate your incident so you can we can secure the compensation you deserve. That can include:
- Compensation for your medical bills
- Lost wages and benefits if you cannot work
- General household expenses
- Possible physical therapy expenses
- Pain and suffering damages
- Possible punitive damages against a negligent driver