There is no denying that our town is a wonderful place to set out on foot and enjoy some fresh air. Whether you are a regular exercise walker and jogger or you are simply heading from your vehicle to the store, we know there are risks to pedestrians. While we do not like to think about them, we need to know what to do in the event of an accident.
If you need a Bristol pedestrian accident attorney, you can count on the knowledgeable and experienced team at the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. to be by your side, working to secure the compensation you need for all of your accident-related expenses.
Pedestrians are the most vulnerable group of people in and around the roadways. Our bodies are not made to absorb the impact of a vehicle that weighs thousands of pounds. When a person gets struck, they get impacted twice – once with a vehicle and once with the ground. Both of those impacts can cause serious harm.
We often see the following as a result of pedestrian accidents:
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations or amputations
- Major head trauma (including traumatic brain injuries)
- Spinal cord injuries (paralysis)
- Internal organ damage
Each of these injuries requires immediate medical care. Often, a pedestrian accident victim needs extended rehabilitation to make a full recovery.
Some victims are disabled for life and need permanent medical care.
Do you know if your insurance will cover all of these expenses?
What if the person injured is the main income earner for a family?
For Pennsylvania’s latest reporting year, there were more than 4,000 pedestrian accidents. Out of those, there were: 4,106 injuries and 150 fatalities. As you can see, most pedestrian accidents result in some kind of injury or death.
Why They Happen
Pedestrian accidents happen in much of the same ways that regular vehicle accidents do – driver negligence. The only other factor is that pedestrians do not have armor.
Speeding and aggressive drivers often ignore pedestrian right-of-ways such as crosswalks and intersections. Drunk drivers pose major risks to everyone on the roadway, particularly pedestrians. Distracted drivers are often looking at their phone screens and do not realize until it is too late that they are about to hit someone.
Regardless of how a driver’s negligence causes an accident, they should be held accountable for the injuries they cause.
At the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., we do not think you should have to suffer financially due to another person’s negligent behavior. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you need to seek legal assistance. Our qualified legal team will work with you to secure compensation for the following:
- Your accident-related medical expenses
- Money to cover your income if you cannot work
- Punitive damages against the person responsible
- Pain and suffering damages