In today’s digital world, nearly everyone owns a smartphone, iPad, or similar piece of portable technology. This means that it’s more likely than ever to encounter a distracted driver. A driver may have been engrossed in a conversation on a cell phone rather than watching the road for pedestrians. Speeding or making a turn at an intersection without watching for pedestrians is another cause of pedestrian accidents. Failure to use headlights or to indicate a turn with a turn signal is other causes. Backing up out of a parking space or driveway without first checking the area for pedestrians may result in the car hitting one.
However, a pedestrian may also contribute to the cause of an accident by darting across the road at an unsafe location. In any case, if you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, it’s important to speak to a Pennsylvania pedestrian accident lawyer right away. An lawyer like Leonard J. Berger, Jr. will investigate your case to discover what caused the accident that led to your injuries so that you have the best chance of getting fair compensation that truly meets your needs.
Pedestrian Injuries and Compensation
Injuries sustained by pedestrians who have been hit by vehicles range in severity from bruises, cuts, and scrapes to life-altering head or brain trauma or injury to the spinal cord. Fractures of the long bones are also common and can take months to heal. Head and spinal cord injuries may result in years of pain or loss of mobility, with more severe ones even resulting in paralysis. This can mean the loss of a means of livelihood as well as drastic changes in relationships and quality of life. This is why it is essential to hire a lawyer with experience investigating this type of case. The injured party will be facing extensive medical and hospital bills as well as current and future lost wages, expenses related to physical rehabilitation and physical or occupational therapy, and/or counseling related to issues like post-traumatic stress syndrome.