At the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., we see a lot of injured pedestrians come through our offices looking for help after being hurt in an accident. Pedestrians are some of the most vulnerable travelers on the roadways. As they walk, they share these roads with motor vehicles that weigh a ton or more and travel at higher speeds than any person ever could, even if they ran at full tilt. When these individuals are involved in an accident, injuries can be severe or even fatal. If you are a pedestrian who was injured and want to discuss your legal options with a pedestrian accident lawyer, contact us today for a no-cost case evaluation.
Although there is no accounting for another party’s negligent actions, pedestrians can take a few precautions to ensure that their walks are that much safer. Be on the lookout for damaged sidewalks and roads to avoid trip hazards, and use pedestrian easements and crosswalks wherever possible. When walking after sunset, wear bright clothing and consider carrying a flashlight to help you see others and to help others see you.
Pedestrian accident statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration publishes annual reports showing data related to accident-related injuries and fatalities. According to their data, more than 5,300 pedestrians were killed in the U.S. in 2015, and as many as 70,000 are estimated to have been hurt while walking during that same year. Both of these figures reflect a sharp increase in injuries and deaths over a ten-year period (as compared with data from 2006). Pedestrian injuries can occur in a variety of ways, with tripping on a damaged easement, tripping and falling, and being struck by a vehicle being the top 3 sources of injury to pedestrians.
What to do after an accident
Being injured in a pedestrian accident can be a terrifying experience that leaves victims feeling shocked and confused on top of being hurt. It can be difficult to know which steps to take in the aftermath of such an event. Here is what you need to do after the accident happens:
- Get immediate treatment for injuries. It is critical that you seek medical care right away after being involved in an accident, no matter how major or minor you believe your injuries to be.
- Document your injuries. Keep copies of medical bills related to injury treatment and take photos of injuries to keep as documentation. Gather contact information from accident witnesses if possible.
- Contact an attorney. Consult with a personal injury attorney about building a legal case. You can discuss your rights and options while your attorney reviews your documentation.
Drexel Hill pedestrian accident attorneys
If you were hurt while walking and need a pedestrian accident lawyer in Drexel Hill, the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. can assist you with filing a claim in court. We specialize in helping pedestrian accident victims recover damages for their injuries, and we can help you too. Our goal is to negotiate for the largest award possible on behalf of our clients, whether that means fighting for a settlement agreement or taking the matter to trial. Contact us today for a free consultation.