In major cities like Philadelphia, people walk everywhere. Pedestrians, however, are vulnerable to serious injury when struck by motor vehicles.
If you or a loved one were hit by a passenger or commercial vehicle in Philadelphia, the Pansini, Mezrow & Davis can help. Our pedestrian accident attorneys can help you get the compensation you need and deserve to recover from your injuries.
Pedestrian Deaths Increase at Alarming Rates
It is estimated that 2019 was the worst year for pedestrian traffic fatalities in over 30 years. The projected total of pedestrian deaths in 2019 is 6,590. The situation is grim in Pennsylvania as well. While data is not available for 2019 or 2020 yet, 826 pedestrians died in Pennsylvania traffic accidents from 2014 through 2018. Just over one-fifth of the pedestrian deaths (185) occurred in Philadelphia County.
Common Causes of Philadelphia Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian safety is a serious issue throughout Pennsylvania. Pedestrians are required to obey traffic laws. For example, pedestrians are to walk on sidewalks whenever possible. If a sidewalk is not available, the pedestrian is to walk on the left side of the road facing traffic, according to PennDOT. When pedestrians and drivers follow the law, they can reduce pedestrian accidents.
However, many pedestrians are struck and killed because of a reckless or negligent motorist. A pedestrian can obey all traffic laws and follow all guidelines for pedestrian safety, but they cannot control the actions of a negligent driver.
Poor driving habits and negligent behavior are often factors in traffic accidents involving pedestrians.
Common reasons for pedestrian accidents in Pennsylvania include:
If a driver injures a pedestrian, that driver can be held liable in civil court. When a pedestrian fatality occurs, the driver could also face criminal charges, depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident.
Holding Negligent Drivers Accountable for Their Actions
The Philadelphia pedestrian accident lawyers of the Pansini, Mezrow & Davis fight to hold negligent drivers accountable for their recklessness and wrongdoing. We represent pedestrians and their families as they seek the compensation they deserve after being injured in a traffic accident.
Past and future medical expenses and bills
Past and future loss of income and benefits
Decreases in earning potential caused by permanent impairments
Personal care and in-home health care costs
Physical pain and suffering
Loss of enjoyment or quality of life
Emotional and mental suffering
Disabilities, impairments, disfigurement, and scarring caused by the accident
In certain situations, our lawyers fight for punitive damages for gross negligence and the willful, wanton disregard for the safety of others.
Family members who lose a loved one in a pedestrian accident can pursue a wrongful death claim against the driver. Money is not the only reason for filing a wrongful death action or a personal injury claim, however. Holding individuals accountable for their actions can help make our streets safer for other pedestrians by shining a bright light on the dangers faced by pedestrians.
Do You Need a Philadelphia Pedestrian Accident Attorney?
If the accident results in any type of injury, it is always best to talk to a pedestrian accident lawyer before making any decisions regarding your case. The insurance company for the other party is not looking out for your best interests. It only wants to pay as little as possible to end the case.
Our legal team at the Pansini, Mezrow & Davis is dedicated to serving our clients’ best interests. We are aggressive, experienced, and skilled trial lawyers who are willing to take cases to trial if that is necessary to protect our clients. We have a reputation in the legal community for doing whatever is necessary to win cases.
Through years of representing personal injury victims, we have developed resources we utilize to investigate accident claims. We understand how insurance companies operate and how to fight against bad faith insurance practices.
Let us fight for your right to fair and just compensation after a driver injures you. Our results speak for themselves. We have recovered millions of dollars for our clients, including ten cases with verdicts or settlements in excess of $10 million. We do not compromise when it comes to fighting for your rights.
Contact Our Philadelphia Pedestrian Accident Lawyers to Discuss Your Case
Call (215) 732-5555 now to schedule a free consultation with one of our Pennsylvania pedestrian accident attorneys. Get the information you need to make an informed decision about your personal injury claim free of charge.