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Whether it’s a matter of convenience or leisure, many people opt to travel by foot in areas throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania. Pedestrians rarely worry about their personal safety while walking, but many people are severely injured or killed when they are struck by motor vehicles. Some of the most common locations of these types of accidents include:
Pedestrians are particularly susceptible to catastrophic injuries in accidents because of their inherent lack of protection. Victims across West Chester may sustain injuries like broken bones or serious fractures, but they can also suffer spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), or other more devastating injuries that require an entire lifetime of rehabilitation and inability to support or care for themselves.
Drivers are expected to look out for children, the elderly, and other pedestrians who are crossing streets or walking near roadways. If a motorist strikes a person who was on foot because the driver was speeding, distracted, or otherwise negligent, then the person who was operating the automobile can be liable for damages caused as a result of striking the pedestrian.
Chances are strong that the motorist who hits a walker, jogger, or other person on foot will have some type of car insurance policy. Even in cases in which a driver’s negligence seems evident, insurance adjusters will investigate these claims and go to great lengths to imply that a pedestrian’s own negligence contributed to his or her injuries. This can result in victims being offered settlements that are for much less than what they are entitled to—or being offered nothing at all.
If you suffered serious bodily injuries or your loved one was killed after being struck by a motor vehicle, you should immediately contact the dedicated car accident lawyers at Ciccarelli Law Offices for a free consultation. We handle these cases on a contingency fee basis, so our clients do not have to worry about paying us any type of fee unless we make a financial recovery on their behalf.
Pedestrians are an exception to Pennsylvania's limited tort coverage law. With limited tort coverage, you would normally only be able to seek pain and suffering if you incurred "serious injury" in the accident. However, as a pedestrian, you are able to pursue a claim for a full tort.
Our attorneys work as a team to develop the strongest possible cases, and we discuss your legal options with you when you call (610) 719-3190 today. Our firm has meeting locations throughout West Chester, King of Prussia, Lancaster, Kennett Square, Radnor, Plymouth Square, Malvern, and Philadelphia.